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Re: Hotel Chevalier
« Reply #45 on: September 28, 2007, 12:23:01 PM »
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Re: Hotel Chevalier
« Reply #46 on: September 28, 2007, 06:35:59 PM »
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fuckin great short. but if wes is your favorite director, you can't be dissapointed i guess. his use of cinemascope is one of the greatest things in contemporary cinema. i mean he's in a damn hotel room and it looks so brilliantly beautiful. darjeeling will kick serious ass.
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Re: Hotel Chevalier
« Reply #47 on: September 29, 2007, 10:09:39 AM »
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http://www.megaupload.com/?d=1HD66L70

i have been told this is a wmv without password protection. i will edit/verify soon.

edit: this is the real deal, but the quality is low. it may not be any lower than the itunes version though.

this is pic o'las, signing off.

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Re: Hotel Chevalier
« Reply #48 on: October 01, 2007, 04:55:13 PM »
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Hopefully the movie is a lot better than this short.

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Re: Hotel Chevalier
« Reply #49 on: October 01, 2007, 06:08:06 PM »
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I think Luke Wilson was better in Jason's role.

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Re: Hotel Chevalier
« Reply #50 on: October 01, 2007, 09:20:31 PM »
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Hopefully the movie is a lot better than this short.


Care to elaborate?
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Re: Hotel Chevalier
« Reply #51 on: October 02, 2007, 07:16:51 PM »
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i've nothing to complain about with this short, noting that this is just a piece of the larger film, it's harder for me to judge it without seeing the rest of the work.
Besides that, it touched me on a personal levelthat's what she said, since I'm going through very similar times as Schwartzman's character.
This functions well for what it is. I got a very real sense of the relationship and the emotions Schwartzman's character is trying to get away from, and perhaps the reason he accepts his brother's invitation to India(?). This only furthers my strong desire to see the complete film.
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Re: Hotel Chevalier
« Reply #52 on: October 02, 2007, 08:52:24 PM »
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Portmans introduction is so cold and distant.

He answers the door and she's talking on the phone signaling her mind is elsewhere. That was really cruel.
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Re: Hotel Chevalier
« Reply #53 on: October 03, 2007, 04:55:09 AM »
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Portmans introduction is so cold and distant.

He answers the door and she's talking on the phone signaling her mind is elsewhere. That was really cruel.

That's what makes it kind of heartbreaking...
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Re: Hotel Chevalier
« Reply #54 on: October 03, 2007, 10:26:43 PM »
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last i checked it wasn't on youtube.

although i only watch youtube at work and this sounds not safe for work...i wanna see though.
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Re: Hotel Chevalier
« Reply #55 on: October 03, 2007, 11:37:20 PM »
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Hopefully the movie is a lot better than this short.


Care to elaborate?

not really...

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Re: Hotel Chevalier
« Reply #56 on: October 04, 2007, 12:29:33 AM »
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http://www.madwell.com/flash/hotel.htm

(for those who can't/won't go the iTunes route)
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Re: Hotel Chevalier
« Reply #57 on: October 04, 2007, 03:07:02 PM »
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last i checked it wasn't on youtube.

although i only watch youtube at work and this sounds not safe for work...i wanna see though.
it's been on Google Video for a couple of days and my myspace page.......

http://www.madwell.com/flash/hotel.htm

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the aspect ratio seems to have slimmed a bit.
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Re: Hotel Chevalier
« Reply #58 on: October 22, 2007, 01:04:37 AM »
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Portman revealed at Anderson's 'Hotel'
Source: Hollywood Reporter

NEW YORK -- When Wes Anderson's "The Darjeeling Limited" expands Friday to about 600-700 screens, moviegoers will get two unexpected treats: his 13-minute "Part 1" intro to the film, "Hotel Chevalier," and the first big-screen glimpse of star Natalie Portman's bare derriere.

Aside from providing a distraction from publicity over "Darjeeling" star Owen Wilson's late August suicide attempt, the big-screen "Chevalier" bow capitalizes on Portman's decision to do nude scenes after years spent resisting it. She asked director Mike Nichols to remove the nudity from her portrayal of a stripper in "Closer" and used a body double in Milos Forman's "Goya's Ghosts."

When asked why she agreed to do the brief scenes, Portman said: "I don't know why, exactly. Sometimes you make rules for yourself and sometimes those rules are made to be broken. You have to test things out and see what works for you, and this felt right."

"I begged Wes to work with me and show me a script" since they met more than three years ago, she said. "I really loved it. He has the finest taste possible."

Clearly, money wasn't part of Portman's motivation. Unlike the $12.5 million Demi Moore received for her topless role in 1996's "Striptease," Portman and Schwartzman weren't paid anything for the low-budget, two-day shoot filmed with two cameras donated by Panavision.

There's nothing prurient about the two nude shots -- aside from the rear, another shows her like a statue from the side in a pose that wouldn't be out of place in an Annie Leibovitz photo shoot.

Anderson shot "Chevalier" on his own dime a year before the feature as the back story for the character of "Darjeeling" co-star/co-screenwriter Jason Schwartzman. Anderson debated incorporating the tale of a reunion between two estranged lovers into the feature, showing it with the film (as it screened during its New York Film Festival premiere) or keeping them separate. He eventually decided to release it for free on Apple's iTunes Store three days before "Darjeeling's" limited release Sept. 29 and slot it as a DVD extra.

"Darjeeling" has taken in nearly $4 million in its limited release. But while critical reaction has been mixed for Anderson's reunion with his "Rushmore" star Schwartzman, the short has received more widespread acclaim.

Portman's brief, wordless appearance near the end of "Darjeeling" has been as mystifying to many moviegoers as the promotional intro before showings to date, which suggests that they download the short to get some background on the film they're about to watch.

At the Apple Store Soho premiere of "Chevalier" in New York, Anderson voiced several concerns on how to present the short, ideally mirroring the jump in time between Schwartzman's character's Parisian romantic interlude and his train trip across India.

"Ideally, I wanted someone to watch the short, take a break, think about it for a week and then watch the feature," he said. "That's kind of hard to organize at a multiplex."
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Re: Hotel Chevalier
« Reply #59 on: October 22, 2007, 09:29:36 PM »
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‘Darjeeling’ to Be Paired With a Short
Source: New York Times

“The Darjeeling Limited,” Wes Anderson’s fifth feature film, opened to mixed reviews in about 200 theaters on Sept. 29, but for its wider release to almost 800 theaters, next Friday, moviegoers will first see a short film — one that got rave reviews — and, the hope is, “The Darjeeling Limited” will get a bump in ticket sales.

A year before filming “The Darjeeling Limited,” Mr. Anderson made a 13-minute movie called “Hotel Chevalier” featuring one of the characters from “The Darjeeling Limited.” The short, in contrast to the feature, received nearly universal praise when it was shown alongside the longer film at some festivals. After being made available free on iTunes, it quickly became an online hit and has been downloaded nearly 500,000 times.

Now Mr. Anderson and Fox Searchlight Pictures, the film’s distributor, are adding the popular short to the start of the feature as sort of preface to the main movie.

“The Darjeeling Limited” is about three brothers, played by Adrien Brody, Owen Wilson and Jason Schwartzman, traveling together in India on a spiritual quest. “Hotel Chevalier,” which Mr. Anderson wrote, takes place in a fancy hotel room in Paris and tells some of the “back story” of Mr. Schwartzman’s character, Jack.

The short also stars Natalie Portman, and though she does not appear in the feature, her character is important to it, Mr. Anderson said in an e-mail message. (And just as important for publicity, the short features Ms. Portman’s first nude scene.)

Mr. Anderson, who paid to make the short himself, said he was not sure how its distribution would be handled. “The Darjeeling Limited” has a distinct “opening of the story” sequence that made him “reluctant to attach the short to it.” But he knew that he wanted audiences to see both films, “So it was a puzzle for me to decide how I wanted to present them.”

After some discussion with executives at Fox Searchlight the decision was made to offer it on iTunes (and since Mr. Schwartzman’s character pointedly uses an iPod and docking station, there was some inherent synergy there).

Nancy Utley, a chief operating officer of Fox Searchlight, said that her company did not even know about the short until “The Darjeeling Limited” was completed. Even though Fox was aware of the critical acclaim, the company decided not to release it along with the feature. She said Fox decided to remain “flexible” on what to do.

“We thought it would be too challenging to moviegoers to be exposed to the short in theaters right at the beginning of the run,” she said. “We wanted to make sure ‘The Darjeeling Limited’ got established first as a movie.”

With the wider release looming and “Darjeeling Limited” doing small business at the box office (just over $2.5 million so far), it seemed the obvious choice to include the film’s more popular little sibling as a bonus. Fox Searchlight also is hoping the short is Oscar-worthy and plans to promote it as a contender in the best live-action short category.
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