Why the Xs in the departure make more sense than you think


According to an article published on The Miami Herald shortly after the film’s release, Martin Scorsese uses the letter X throughout the film to signal that a character is destined for death. The visual motif appears no less 15 times throughout the film, sometimes subtly blending in with the background, and sometimes highlighted as a major part of the frame.

The multitude of ways the X appears throughout the film is truly impressive – they appear in graffiti behind a character walking down a dark alley, in crossing the window of a convict building, and they even appear as walkways in airports. Every appearance feels natural and rarely forced. This motif of X is also an homage to another classic gangster movie, the original “Scarface” (1932), which uses the same visual cue to denote whenever a dying character.

Each time they appear in “The Departed”, an X is placed next to a character destined to meet a terrible collapse. The incredible attention to detail put into this little motif is another sign of how great of a director Scorsese really is. It’s worth a simple review to see if you can catch them all.

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