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Guillermo del Toro says Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’ is a masterpiece

Los Angeles ( USA) / Oscar-winning Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro on Monday described “The Irishman” – the most recent movie by legendary American director Martin Scorsese – as a masterpiece and recommended his followers to watch it on the big screen.

In a review posted in Twitter-thread format, Del Toro ravingly praised Scorsese’s latest project – which has a running time of nearly three-and-a-half hours and is scheduled to be released on Netflix in late November – and lauded the performances by Joe Pesci (“supremely minimalistic” and “masterful,” comparing him to a black hole) and Robert De Niro, who star in the film alongside Al Pacino.

“See it. In a theater. This movie languished in development in studio vaults for so long… having it here, now, is a miracle,” he wrote. “And, by the way – the fastest 3 hours in a cinema. Do not miss it.”

Del Toro expressed his belief that the film needed to be “processed like a real mourning.”

“It will come up in stages… I believe most of its power will sink in, in time, and provoke a true realization,” the Mexican director explained, before declaring it “a masterpiece” and “the perfect corollary to ‘Goodfellas’ and ‘Casino.'”

The Irishman premiered last Friday at the New York Film Festival.

It tells the life story of gangster Frank Sheeran (De Niro) – known by his nickname, the titular “Irishman” – and his alleged involvement in the disappearance and murder of iconic trade union leader Jimmy Hoffa (Pacino).

The film is an adaptation of Charles Brandt’s 2003 novel “I Heard You Paint Houses.”

“It is about lives that came and went, with all their turmoil, all their drama and violence and noise and loss… and how they invariably fade, like we all do,” said Del Toro.

The Irishman’s budget exceeded $140 million because it used computer-generated imaging techniques to rejuvenate the protagonists, allowing it to realistically cover a timespan of several decades.

Due to the project’s ambition – both in terms of running time and budget – it proved almost impossible for Scorsese to find a distributor. In the end, only Netflix decided to support it.

The movie will make its debut in select theaters on Nov. 1 in order to be able to compete in the Academy Awards before hitting the streaming platform on Nov. 27.

Del Toro said that this movie about organized crime, which also explores themes of toxic masculinity and the effects of structural violence, constituted “a mausoleum of myths.”

“(It is a) funeral monument that stands to crush the bones beneath it. Granite is meant to last but we still turn to dust inside it,” the filmmaker declared. (September 30, 2019, EFE/Practica Español)

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Principalmente, en el texto se habla de... (Mainly in the text, it's talked about...)
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la opinión de Martin Scorsese de una película de Guillermo del Toro.
B
la opinión de Guillermo del Toro de una película de Martin Scorsese.
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una novela que escribió Charles Brandt.
Question 2
Según el texto, Del Toro piensa que 'The Irishman'... (According to the text, Del Toro thinks that 'The Irishman'...)
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es una película muy buena.
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no es una película muy buena.
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es una película muy mala.
Question 3
Leyendo el texto entendemos que... (Reading the text, we understand that...)
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Del Toro pregunta a la gente si va a ver esa película de Scorsese.
B
Del Toro anima a la gente a ver esa película de Scorsese.
C
Del Toro no ha visto esa película de Scorsese.
Question 4
Según el texto... (According to the text...)
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Del Toro valora de forma positiva las actuaciones de Pesci y De Niro.
B
De Niro no es uno de los protagonistas de esa película.
C
a Del Toro no le gustaron las actuaciones de Pesci y De Niro.
Question 5
Sobre la película se dice que... (About the film, it's said that...)
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está basada en una novela.
B
dura menos de 60 minutos.
C
cuenta la vida de un hombre que ayuda los demás.
Question 6
En el vídeo se ve o se dice que... (In the video, it's said or watched that...)
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Guillermo del Toro no estuvo firmando autógrafos.
B
una hija de Guillermo del Toro estuvo en ese acto.
C
Del Toro ya tiene una estrella en el Paseo de la Fama de Hollywood.
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Si consideras algo una 'obra maestra' es porque... (If you think something is an 'obra maestra', it's because...)  
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piensas que no es muy buena.
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piensas que es un poco buena.
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piensas que es muy buena.
Question 2
'Alabar' es... ('Alabar' is...)  
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decir cosas buenas de algo o alguien porque lo admiras.
B
preguntar por la opinión de alguien.
C
decir aquello que no te gusta de una cosa.
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En el texto, 'tuits' son... (In the text, 'tuits' are...)  
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los correos electrónicos que envías a una persona.
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los mensajes que se publican en todas las redes sociales.
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los mensajes que se publican en la red social Twitter.
Question 4
'Narrar' es... ('Narrar' is...)  
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preguntar por un hecho que ha ocurrido.
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escribir una carta.
C
contar una historia.
Question 5
En el texto, 'cinta' es... (In the text, 'cinta' is...)  
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una película.
B
una prenda.
C
una cámara.
Question 6
El artículo determinado para 'actuación' es: (The definite article for 'actuación' is:)
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la
B
el
C
las
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