It’s safe to say that Martin Scorsese is a long-form artist: nine of his feature films barely break a sweat as they roll right past the two-and-a-half-hour mark, with The Irishman and The Wolf of Wall Street cracking three. (At just under two hours, Taxi Driver feels like a two-reeler.) Yet here he is, working briskly on his daughter Francesca Scorsese’s TikTok account, the star of a many-seconds-long segment called “Having my dad guess feminine items pt 1.” (Yes, there’s a sequel.)
The director seems game—or game-ish—as his daughter shows him a quick series of items and he takes his shots (“That is a … some sort of cosmetic thing that you use”), with mixed success. “He gets a scrunchie right and figures out an eyelash curler, but calls a menstrual cup a ‘flagon … or an eye cup,’” wrote Jonathan Dean in The Times of London. “When shown a hairpin, he looks off to the side and gasps what we’re all thinking: ‘I’m wasting my time.’ This clip has been viewed 117,000 times … ” Whether the experience will lead to bite-size TikTok versions of the Scorsese canon is anybody’s guess.