Started by Convael, July 08, 2008, 04:13:45 AM
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Quote from: Alexandro on July 08, 2008, 10:53:56 AMThe thing about Johnathan Demme is that he's that rare kind of director who has particular style but is not highly stylized, a la Scorsese or Altman, who both have an instantly recognizable visual design.
Quote from: Alexandro on July 08, 2008, 10:53:56 AMThe thing about Johnathan Demme is that he's that rare kind of director who has particular style but is not highly stylized, a la Scorsese or Altman, who both have an instantly recognizable visual design. Demme is way more subtle. As a result, PTA has that strange combination of being bold with shots and camera movements, but he also has a sensibility to be very subtle with the camera. There are things he does in There Will be Blood that are at the same time simple and complex. I'm thinking, for example, the shot when Paul Sunday meets Plainview for the first time, walks up to his desk, they talk a little as if they are both alone, the camera dollies in on them, Paul sits and reveals that Plainview's main helper is there too. It's all one take, and it's relatively easy to execute it, but in the end it's complicated to come up with something like that, and at the same time is something that goes unnoticed if you compare it to more obvious things he's done, like the opening shot of Boogie Nights. That's the kind of instinct I guess you would develop being a big fan of someone like Johnathan Demme. I re watched Philadelphia on TV a few months ago and really felt to be discovering it. In anyone else's hands, that film could have been one of the worst Hollywood entries on a "serious" subject of the 90's. He made it interesting with all those close ups and POV shots. It became a film instead of a TV movie. But he's not a director that someone who is not a film buff would recognize without knowing the film is his, like Altman or Scorsese.
Quote from: d on September 18, 2023, 08:27:26 AMEven though Anderson seems an obvious choice to talk about the Demme film, this is something I've never expected to happen, almost too good to be true. Any chance someone is attending and planning on recording it? At least the audio? I see this is members-only event so I guess unauthorized recordings are not welcome/possible, right? Any chance they will record and publish it, then?