That’s my theory, anyhow.
Perhaps the bar we have set for Scorsese is too high. Surely he has made enough masterpieces to secure his place among the greats even if he never makes another film.
And let’s not neglect his other contributions to cinema now that he’s settled down. No longer struggling to make his movies, Scorsese spends much of his time saving others’. His advocacy for film restoration and preservation has been nothing less than heroic. (It’s a role that he has increasingly become identified with: At this year’s Golden Globes, he was introduced as “director/producer/preservationist.“)