Martin Scorsese Addresses Tumblr-Invented Fake Film ‘Goncharov’

Misinformation plagues many areas of the Internet – even the film community. Several years ago, a Tumblr post showed an image of a brand-off shoe, that, instead of a logo with a name, had sewn text showing a fictional film directed by Martin Scorsese titled “Goncharov,” and a tag that read: “the best Mafia film ever made.”

While Scorsese has directed several films that can justify that tag line, there is no concrete evidence that can prove the existence of “Goncharov,” which the Internet has made a peaceful effort to enlighten others to believe is true. Whether it’s a fan-made poster featuring Scorsese muse Robert De Niro, a composed theme song or evocative fan art, the Internet, and especially the Tumblr community, has been keeping the spirit of the fantasy film alive, singing its songs like a work in progress. in its time.

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According to Scorsese’s daughter, Francesca, who is an actress and filmmaker herself and has appeared in his films “The Departed,” “Hugo” and “The Aviator,” the 80-year-old filmmaker has admitted the existence of a fake film. In a TikTok response to a previous video that described the history of “Goncharov,” Francesca shared a screenshot of a texted conversation between her and her father – saved as “Daddio” on her phone – in which she asked if he had seen it. A New York Times article describes the digital footprint of the “Goncharov” movement.

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In response – and no doubt in the game – Scorsese replied: “Yes. I made this film years ago. “

In fact, the acclaimed director is preparing for the 2023 release of “Killers of the Flower Moon” with Leonardo DiCaprio starring De Niro, Jesse Plemons, Lily Gladstone and Brendan Fraser.

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It has been thought that the misprint on the knock-off sneaker, which has produced a rich history on the internet of the false film, should have said “Gomorrah” to reflect the Italian drama of 2008 about the Naples mafia from the director Matteo Garrone. At the time of its release, Scorsese praised the film for its feelings of “desperation” and “transparency,” and allowed his name to be used in promotional materials.

Watch Francesca’s video, including her father’s response, below.


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