Archive for May 16th, 2010

by Allan Fish

(USA 2001 146m) DVD1/2

Cirrus; Socrates; Particle; Decibel; Hurricane; Dolphin; Tulip…

p  Kathleen Kennedy, Steven Spielberg, Bonnie Curtis, Jan Harlan, Walter F.Parkes  d  Steven Spielberg  w  Steven Spielberg  story  Brian Aldiss, Ian Watson, Stanley Kubrick  ph  Janusz Kaminski  ed  Michael Kahn  m  John Williams  art  Rick Carter  cos  Bob Ringwood  spc  Dennis Muren, Stan Winston, Scott Farrar, Michael Lantieri

Haley Joel Osment (David), Jude Law (Gigolo Joe), Frances O’Connor (Monica Swinton), Sam Robards (Henry Swinton), Brendan Gleeson (Lord Johnson-Johnson), William Hurt (Prof.Hobby), Rena Owen (ticket taker), Paula Malcomson (Patricia), Jake Angel (voice of Teddy), Robin Williams (voice of Doctor Know), Meryl Streep (voice of Blue Mecha), Chris Rock (voice of comedian), Ben Kingsley (narrator),

It was Stanley Kubrick’s baby; one of many embryo projects he put on hold, this particular one because when he conceived the idea in the late eighties, special effects were not advanced enough to meet his vision.  Seeing what one of his successors, Steven Spielberg, did with ILM in Jurassic Park, convinced him the time was just around the corner, but he still had doubts.  Eyes Wide Shut took over, and went on…and on.  In the moments when he did come back to Brian Aldiss’ short story, he was struck with the notion that perhaps he wasn’t the one to direct it at all, that his vision would be too cold.  He thought it might be an idea for him to produce and write and Spielberg to direct.

            We know with hindsight that announcing one’s plans is a sure-fire way to make the almighty laugh, and fate robbed us of the opportunity by Kubrick’s sudden and much-mourned passing.  Spielberg was one of the coffin bearers at his funeral, and they had been close friends since the days when Spielberg watched Kubrick shoot The Shining while waiting to begin Raiders of the Lost Ark.  When the notion came for him to take up the baton for his old mentor and friend, he could do no other.  He even made the film not at his customary Universal but at Stanley’s home since 1971, Warner Bros.  It would be the first time since Close Encounters that he would write the finalised script himself.  (more…)

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