3 things about BELLE TOUJOURS

Belle Toujours [2006]

1. He notices her, cranes in for a better look. When he’s knows for sure it’s her, he smiles and leans back in his seat.
2. She snaps the box shut and says, “It doesn’t interest me any longer, it only annoys me.”
3. After taking money from her purse, he offers the waiters gratuities.

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3 things about Budd Boetticher’s THE KILLER IS LOOSE

The Killer Is Loose [1956]

1. “A .357 Magnum? He’s not after me, he’s after elephants!”
2. Cooking under duress.
3. Plaid woman’s raincoat.

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3 things about David Mamet’s REDBELT

Redbelt [2008]

1. In one scene he moves a brandy snifter aside so that he can look Chet right in the eyes. Later, he slides an untouched glass of wine back and forth across the tablecloth to kill time.
2. Multiple rubber knives.
3. “What good’s a deal if no one’s making any money?”

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Sound, then vision.

The soundtrack for the film is complete! Make that soundtracks: the theatrical version will have a three-channel soundtrack (left-center-right) while the “home video” (i.e. streaming) version will be in stereo. All the original live sound for the film was, of course, mono. But the music and effects are stereo. So why make a three-channel mix for the DCP? My sound designer Matt Trifilo explains: “For the multi-channel spacing, the dialog is predominantly in the center channel with the left and right channels having about 4 dB less gain of dialog. The opposite gain structure is used for the music channels. This will allow for a wider sound stage for the non-diagetic music, which is dominant in the left and right channels, while allowing more breathing room for the dialog in the center.” In other words, it’s going to sound really cool when viewed in a theater.

Now, on to the color correction. The precious media drive that contains the entire movie is on its way to Nicholas Coyle in Colorado. (And you better believe I have a backup.) Later this week we’ll make our initial assessment of the work ahead.

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3 things about Luis Buñuel’s BELLE DE JOUR

Belle de Jour [1967]

1. She walks through the autumn leaves and sits down alone on a park bench. From her purse she removes a handkerchief and blots a tear from her right eye. She goes back to see Madame Anais.
2. They briefly assume the pose of Millet’s “Angelus.”
3. Bells, cats, the discussion of another ski trip.

So tough to choose the perfect Buñuel film. But this might be it. 3 other things.

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3 things about Ang Lee’s RIDE WITH THE DEVIL

Ride with the Devil [1999]

1. He raises his hand and looks at it in wonder. No pinkie.
2. “How’s your rib?”
“Not too fair. And your leg?”
“The same.”
3. “Jacob Roedel.” The makings of a tear in his left eye.

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3 things about Matt Reeves’ DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes [2014]

1. Ligeti hunt.
2. The power comes on and he almost begins to dance, but doesn’t.
3. An “X” on the front of the house.

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