'Bear fight'

By Christian Holub
Updated February 04, 2016 at 02:40 PM EST
Credit: NBC

Martin Scorsese is one of the most critically acclaimed directors in American cinema, with both an encyclopedic knowledge of and commanding role in movie history. So when he appeared on The Tonight Show Wednesday night, host Jimmy Fallon put his knowledge to the test in a game of “5-Second Summaries.” Funnily enough, Scorsese had some trouble describing movies in such little time. For instance, his tease of Sunset Boulevard is “hack screenwriter in L.A., car repossessed, winds up with old lady.” Scorsese then described Casablanca as “soft-hearted tough guy in love with the hero’s wife, and everybody’s noble,” which prompted Fallon to complain “you’re too much of a director.”

“My movies are long, what can I tell you?” Scorsese said.

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Fallon has a little more luck, even as the time constraints got progressively shorter. He managed to describe The Revenant with just “bear fight,” which already appears to have become that movie’s lasting impression on pop culture.

Watch the clip below.

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