Thursday, June 05, 2008

Play the Game (5/5/08)


10 comments:

Editor A said...

Tom Cruise in the Firm?

Bemis said...

Right actor, wrong movie.

Paul C. said...

Eyes Wide Shut.

Bemis said...

That's the one.

Editor A said...

Damn it, looks so obvious now.
I think you fooled me by using the 1.85 grab instead of the 1.33. I remember when they first did the DVDs for it they were all 1.33, but then I think they finally relented to 1.85. (Unless this is a 1.33 grab and my eyes are unreliable.)

Paul C. said...

So I guess I'd better choose something. Ideally, I'd want a dual review of Celine and Julie Go Boating and its spiritual cousin The Story of Marie and Julien, but I know you're busy. So if you haven't seen Celine and Julie, do that one. If you have, then write up Marie and Julien. Cool?

Bemis said...

Celine and Julie it is, and I'll be sure to check out Marie and Julie sometime soon. And the screencap is from the 1.33 DVD - I grabbed that one a while ago and didn't use it, and PowerDVD slightly stretches the image.

Paul C. said...

As I recall, this image was right at the reel change at the beginning of reel #2. I remember this because there was a sound flub on the original prints of the film, which caused the music cue for the scene to begin during the fadeout at the end of reel #1, stop at the reel change, then begin again when the elevator door opened. It's since been fixed on the DVD version, but I for one miss it. It's those strange little mistakes (what Dennis C. would call "wabi") that really give movies character, I'd say. Not that Eyes Wide Shut needs character, but I like to think Kubrick wanted the movie that way, just like he wanted to keep his reflection in the bathroom scene.

Bemis said...

I remember that, and I had no idea it wasn't specific to the print I saw. My favorite memory of seeing Eyes Wide Shut on opening weekend was after the last line, as the movie cut to black and the audience let out a collective sigh of disappointment. Kubrick always was always one step ahead.

Mat said...

Paul C: yes, I remember that abrupt reel-change too. The Tom/Nicole mirror scene faded out, there was a pop on the soundtrack, and the elevator door appeared without a fade in.

Mat.