A Brief History of Scorsese’s Obsession with Religion

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Martin Scorsese’s new film Silence, about religious faith and persecution in 17th century Japan, is a passion project which the director spent more than two decades developing. It is also a culmination of themes that have captivated the director since his film school days. The inner battles of faith—Catholicism, especially—has been an obsessive undercurrent in Scorsese’s…