Legendary movie director has become a TikTok sensation

Written by Jeppe W

Nov.15 - 2023 8:52 AM CET

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As Martin Scorsese's film 'Killers of the Flower Moon' hits theaters, an unexpected development has emerged:

Scorsese, at 80, has found a new audience on TikTok, amassing millions of views and becoming the most followed user on Letterboxd.

This raises the question: how did a white director in his 80s become a favorite among young internet users?

The phenomenon began with seemingly unremarkable TikTok videos by Francesca Scorsese, filled with dog videos, memes, and clips featuring her father.

The turning point was a video captioned "he lowkey slayed," where Francesca, who acted in Luca Guadagnino’s HBO series 'We Are Who We Are', tested her father's knowledge of slang. This video alone garnered over two million views.

Scorsese's engagement on TikTok includes dancing, acting, and participating in playful challenges, displaying a side seldom seen by the public.

His daughter's videos with the esteemed director are endearingly genuine, drawing in millions of followers who enjoy their heartwarming father-daughter interactions.

The King of Letterboxd:

Scorsese's foray into Letterboxd, a favorite social media platform among young film enthusiasts, further cemented his status.

Although his profile currently only features lists of his favorite widescreen films, double-feature suggestions, and films restored by his organization, The Film Foundation, his presence there is a testament to his willingness to engage with a younger audience.

Scorsese's collaboration with Gen Z favorite Timothée Chalamet, including directing a Chanel advertisement and a GQ conversation interview, indicates his admiration for the young actor.

This partnership has brought him closer to a younger fanbase, further enhancing his appeal to this demographic.This move into the social media realm reflects Scorsese's lifelong curiosity and openness to new experiences, qualities that have characterized his career.

Despite acknowledging the limitations of age in a recent GQ interview, Scorsese’s venture into the world of internet fame shows that it's never too late to become a viral sensation.

See the 80-year old legendary instructor on his daugther's TikTok right here:

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