exist Martin Scorseseof historical dramablackfoot actress plays real life Molly KyleA resilient Osage woman whose sisters were murdered for their wealth in 1920s Oklahoma. Gladstone’s calm presence sets the stage for a standout scene early in the film, in which Molly is getting to know her new suitor, a man named Ernest Burkhart (Leonardo DiCaprio). of white people.
Sitting at her dining room table, where they ask each other questions about family and religion, Molly tries to figure out whether Ernest is just after her money. Just as they were about to open a bottle of whiskey, thunder roared and rain poured down. “We need to be quiet for a while,” Molly told Ernest, asking him to put his drink aside and “just be quiet.”
It’s a simple yet poignant moment as the couple stares wordlessly at each other out the window. They connect on a human level before the story’s tragedy and betrayal unfold.
“It’s this idea of learning to be comfortable with stillness,” Gladstone said. “We should all take a moment to slow down and see the rain as a blessing.”
“A perfect example of how Osage voices can change a story”
Scorsese relied on Osage consultants throughout the production, which was crucial to this particular exchange.
“This scene is a perfect example of how Osage voices can change a story,” Gladstone said. “At first, it was funny: Molly ended up drinking Ernest’s wine under the table. But when I went to the community “They were a little hesitant to drink it.” Trust Molly. “Seeing how her sister Anna (Kara Jade Myers) struggles with alcoholism, “She’s not going to be that alcoholic.”
During a meeting with Osage Nation, community members raised the issue of how Molly’s drinking was portrayed in the script. Attorney Wilson Pipestem shared a memory about his Grandma Rose that ultimately reshaped the scene.
“When I first met him, he was very nervous about it all,” Scorsese recalled. “He said, ‘You don’t understand the Osage,’ and I was listening to him. At one point, he Said, ‘When there’s a storm, my grandmother would say you can’t run around and do anything. Sit back and let the power of the storm flow through you, for this is a gift. That’s who we are. “So I wrote it down and put it in the movie. To me, it was just beautiful.”
For Gladstone, Pipestrom’s grandmother became “one of my great entry points into understanding Osage women of that era.” Like Molly in that moment, “Rose would put a blanket over her, Hands up, listen to the storm and accept what it brings.” “Bring it.”
‘Rain means a lot to the Osage people’
“Killers of the Flower Moon10 Oscar nominations last week, including Best Picture, Best Director (Scorsese) and Best Actress (Gladstone) who was the first native american recognized in this categoryThe true-crime epic premiered last May on a rainy day at the Cannes Film Festival in France, and premiered on an equally rainy day in New York in September.
“Every time this movie premieres with the Osage in attendance, it rains. That’s a good sign,” said Gladstone, who was the Osage costumer in the film, Alaina Maker. Tell Gladstone that her father would say “When it rains, it rains.” “It’s like being new every time; you’re never the same person after a storm. Rain has a very important meaning to the Osage people.”
This article originally appeared in USA Today: Martin Scorsese, Lily Gladstone and how the Osages restored ‘Flower Moon’