Civil War (Garland)

Started by WorldForgot, December 13, 2023, 11:22:12 AM

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QuoteOscar-nominated filmmaker Alex Garland (Ex Machina, Men) is reteaming with A24 for Civil War, an action epic that has Kirsten Dunst (The Power of the Dog, The Beguiled) set to star alongside Wagner Moura (The Shining Girls, Narcos), Stephen McKinley Henderson (Dune, Bruised) and Cailee Spaeny (The First Lady, Mare of Easttown).

Garland will direct the film set in a near-future America from his original screenplay. Details as far as its plot are being kept under wraps.

A24 will produce, alongside Andrew Macdonald and Allon Reich of DNA and Gregory Goodman, and handle the film's global release


"Might as well be random."
Echoes of AMLO's mañanera...

More dystopian AU than parallel fiction or reality. Hard for me to read it as a 'satire' even, there are definitely funny elements to the American-fracture that Garland describes but it feels like an entrenched setting, building off sheer but efficient decor.

I think it's salient, and a fun 'prestige' inversion on a wellworn B-movie or pulp genre setting.

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The FBI's dismantled, the dollar has plummeted, private property and states rights taken to the accelerationist end.

Taken as a character drama, I'm not bothered by the crumbs of worldbuilding or consequence to the current moment. It's concerned with impulse drives and the macabre reality that all atrocities will pass on by us. How we live and dedicate ourselves through them will mark our bones.


On the topic of war photography and format.

QuoteIf I remember correctly, we only see her use a single lens (a 50mm on the F2), so I imagine the aperture and shutter varied but within normal ranges. Dunst's character, using a Sony α7, uses a variety of lenses, from an intense zoom lens to a Leica Summilux (might have been Summicron, the close up shot was quick and near the start of the film). Most of the film she's using that Leica, which I believe was a 50mm, so the two characters capture similar shots (which fits the nature of their relationship in the film).

As for real war photographers, there is documentation out there. Some film stocks were developed specifically for military use, as were some cameras, but with journalism Leica rangefinders were the norm for a lot of midcentury conflicts, moving into more Canon/Nikon during Vietnam.

QuoteWhat speeds, what settings? Well, you'd want good depth of field and a high shutter speed. So faster the better. Looking at James Nachtwey, for example, I suspect he pushed his black and white. In 2002-3, I used to regularly buy Fuji Press 800 film, which was made for photojournalists. I shot weddings with T-Max 3200. Weddings aren't war, but there were some similar considerations.