Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Conversations With Other Women

I watched this movie for the second time last night.

If you haven't heard of it, here you are. If you haven't seen it, get the DVD.

Whether you like it or not, this is a great, groundbreaking and fascinating film.

Aaron Eckhart and Helena Bonham Carter are near-perfect as nameless characters who the credits identify as "Man" and "Woman".

Here's the jist:
the 2 of them meet (you later learn their history obviously) at a wedding and spend the entire night talking.
sounds boring and Before Sunrisey right? Well, it's not.
Here's why:
The whole movie is shot in split screen. Don't let that scare you. It's effective, helpful in telling the story and extremly well-done. So what I'm saying is, even if you are a dude and you hate love story bullshit you can still be entertained here. The love story for me was just an added bonus.
this is from wiki:
Conversations' innovation in split screen is the juxtaposition of shot and reverse shot of two actors in the same take, captured with two cameras, for the entire movie. The film represents a new kind of viewing experience that enlists the audience as a perceptual editor. The filmmakers allow the viewer to choose how they watch the film, following either character or both simultaneously. Seeing both characters act and react in real time lets the audience follow the emotional experience of the characters without interruption.
The rest of the films' Wikipedia page is super-informative and tells you how difficult it was to pull off the split screen thing. There were 117 VFX shots and the initial editor quit so the director had to learn Final Cut and do it himself.
This is the first movie in which Apple Inc.'s Final Cut Pro logo appears in the end credits.
It cost under half a million bucks to make and I am kind of horrified that it hardly got any attention when it came out.

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