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The Set-Up (1949)

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Commentary 1: Director Robert Wise and Martin Scorsese Rating:9.0/10 (3 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
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I'm wondering if they got Robert Wise to do a commentary for this DVD only to find that he barely spoke a total of 15 minutes, and then came up with the idea of bringing Scorsese in afterwards to fill in the gaps. Wise mainly talks about the look of the film and after a while is only heard remarking "I like this shot". Scorsese relates his personal experience of seeing the film (he keeps driving home the fact that what he is saying relates to 35mm) and focuses mostly on the technique and film-making craft behind the picture. Somehow he manages to name-check practically every other Wise film ever made along the way (except Rooftops, maybe!) and expands from that to talk about cinema in general. It's a short film - as Wise says, it's from a narrative poem - so both directors manage to get their points across without wearing out their material.