Martin Scorsese has paid tribute to his collaborator of greater than 40 years, The Band frontman Robbie Robertson.
Robertson died on Wednesday (9 August) in Los Angeles after a protracted sickness, his administration instructed The Impartial.
Earlier than his dying, Robertson lately accomplished his twelfth movie music venture with Scorsese, the forthcoming Killers of the Flower Moon starring Leonardo DiCaprio.
Singer-songwriter Robertson started working with the acclaimed director in 1978’s The Final Waltz, a rockumentary about The Band’s farewell live performance.
“Robbie Robertson was considered one of my closest pals, a relentless in my life and my work. I may at all times go to him as a confidante. A collaborator. An advisor. I attempted to be the identical for him,” Scorsese stated in a press release reacting to the musician’s dying.
“Lengthy earlier than we ever met, his music performed a central position in my life – me and hundreds of thousands and hundreds of thousands of different individuals throughout this world. The Band’s music, and Robbie’s personal later solo music, appeared to come back from the deepest place on the coronary heart of this continent, its traditions and tragedies and joys.
“It goes with out saying that he was an enormous, that his impact on the artwork kind was profound and lasting. There’s by no means sufficient time with anybody you like. And I liked Robbie,” the director concluded.
In his last interview revealed two weeks earlier than his dying, Robertson spoke to Selection about his work on Killers of the Flower Moon.
“When the Killers of the Flower Moon thought was stirring round and it regarded prefer it may occur, for Marty and me, each on occasion we’d be like, ‘Isn’t this superb, that it’s come to this, that we even have a narrative and we’ve this factor that we’re each in our personal approach hooked up to by some means,’” he stated.
“Marty and I are each 80 years previous, and we’re attending to do a Western, we’re attending to do a film about Indians, in our personal approach.”
“There’s a selected enjoyment in that: ‘Let’s deal with this child and attempt to do one thing magnificent.’ Everytime you’re going right into a venture, you wish to shoot excessive and, and also you wish to do some actually good work. However on one thing like this, the place its soul is in Indian nation – for me, you couldn’t have made one thing like this up.”
Of his 40-plus 12 months relationship with Scorsese, Robertson stated, “We’re in awe ourselves that our brotherhood has outlasted the whole lot. We’ve been via it; we’ve been there and again. I’m so happy with our friendship and our work. It’s been only a reward in life.”