Perhaps the only good part of the ongoing actors’ strike is the fact that the guy doing all the press is responsible for it Flower Moon Killer is writer/director Martin Scorsese himself. Since there were no movie stars working in public relations, Scorsese gave interviews and appeared everywhere. Under other circumstances we would never have gotten this much Scorsese, and some of those interviews were really great.

For example, he just made a really wonderful video with Letterboxd, the film social media site. As part of his new Letterboxd account, Scorsese released a list of “Companion Films” that inspired all of his films in general, but provided inspirational elements in particular Flower Moon Killer. The interview is then illustrated with excerpts from the films – which have obvious influences on Scorsese’s new work.

The six films he cited as inspirational were helpful Flower Moon Killer was…

  • The heiress (William Wyler, 1949)
  • The last in line (Jay Hunt, 1914)
  • The lady from the dugout (W. S. Van Dyke, 1918)
  • Blood on the moon (Robert Wise, 1948)
  • Red River (Howard Hawks, 1948)
  • Wild river (Elia Kazan, 1960)

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READ MORE: Our review of Martin Scorsese’s Flower Moon Killer

The entire video is worth watching because Scorsese obviously knows and loves all of these films very well and he can talk about how they inspired him in particular; sometimes in the actors’ performances, other times in the visual design or the characters’ costumes. It is 11 minutes long and resembles a miniature film course. It is great.

Scorsese mentions two silent films in the list that are now so old that they can now be found on YouTube. This is WS Van Dykes The lady from the dugout

And here is The last in line…

Killer of the flower moon is now in the cinema. You can watch Scorsese’s full interview with Letterboxd below.

Every Martin Scorsese film, ranked from worst to best

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