Martin Scorsese, new film out, explains what interested him in Osage murders: ‘This is something more insidious’

Filmmaker Martin Scorsese’s latest film, “Killers of the Flower Moon,” premieres in theaters Friday and draws attention murder and the manipulation of members of the Osage Nation in the 1920s over their oil-rich lands.

The Osage tragedy, as depicted in the film, reveals a tale of how a Native American tribe fell victim to the hideous greed of those they considered friends when businessmen violently betrayed them.

“What interested me in this story is that it wasn’t one particular massacre. It wasn’t one particular event. This is something more insidious. It’s something that comes from within and it grows around you like a curse or kind of a virus or cancer,” Scorsese told “CBS Mornings” co-host Gayle King. “And the cancer is the settlers, the outsiders, the European Americans.”

The film, which is distributed by Paramount Pictures, a division of CBS News parent Paramount Global, stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro – marking De Niro’s tenth collaboration with Scorsese. Their creative partnership has weathered decades, starting with iconic projects like “Taxi Driver.”

Reflecting on their longtime relationship, Scorsese said, “I think it’s a code, and a lot of it is nonverbal. And I learned that in ‘Taxi Driver.’

“Killers of the Flower Moon” is Scorsese’s 27th feature film. And even with his 81st birthday just around the corner, he shows no signs of slowing down. He even jokes about his unexpected appearances on TikTok, thanks to his 23-year-old daughter Francesca. “We make a good comedy team, the two of us,” he laughed.

“Killers of the Flower Moon” runs nearly 3.5 hours long – a gamble Scorsese was willing to take. “We knew this was going to be a bigger picture,” he said. “And I thought we’d take a chance and why not give that respect to film, cinema, whatever you want to call it, that you give to the theater.”

The film has already created buzz since its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, where Scorsese received a standing ovation.

“We took it in. And it wasn’t congratulatory. It was like, ‘Wow. What a journey,'” he said.

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