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The Final Shot according to Scorsese

In the trivia section for this film it says that Scorsese said somewhere that the last shot of the film with the color burst was due to light damaging the film, faulty camera, we all know what it says.

So here's my question: does anyone know where Scorsese said that or revealed that the fact about the faulty camera?

In a book I read about faith and film the author (who should have done better research) claims that the last shot of the color burst was actually Scorsese attempting to portray the resurrection. Some authors are truly stupid.

Anyhow, if anyone could point me in the direction of where Scorsese may have said or alluded to the faulty camera resulting in the color burst at the end of the film please let me know.

My thanks in advance.


He definitely tells that whole story on an episode on AMC's series, "Movies 101". You actually see him on camera tell that story.

Also, I believe it is in the book, "Scorsese on Scorsese".


When I first heard this story I thought it was amazing- then I actually saw it. OK I admit it is remarkable when the white out happened, but it really doesnt look deliberate and clearly looks like film stock over exposing, rather than a white out. Cool coincidence, but not acutally that remarkable.
Fantastic film though!

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This is my favorite story about the film. I heard someone say, "Coincidences are God's way of remaining anonymous."



It's a brilliant final shot -- I can't think of a better way to end the film. It breaks the fourth wall, but in a way that, strangely, makes sense.

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I think it's the perfect way to end the film. I'm so glad he kept it in.


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