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The Winslow Boy (1999)

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Commentary 1: Director/screenwriter David Mamet and actors Jeremy Northam, Nigel Hawthorne, and Rebecca Pidgeon Rating:7.2/10 (6 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by Elijah Sullivan on April 21st, 2005:Find all reviews by Elijah Sullivan
Much more interesting than the film itself -- simply goofy. I'm afraid there isn't a terrible amount of information about the film itself, but you get a very charming impression of Mamet and Pigeon, of whom I otherwise have little respect for.
Reviewed by Glenn Hopp on June 10th, 2007:Find all reviews by Glenn Hopp
This group really seemed to enjoy making the film, and they enjoy chatting while the movie plays--so much that their pleasant conversation with one another steals long stretches of time away from instructive remarks about the film. (The worst example is that the first, very dramatic, scene between the barrister and the little boy in his chambers plays out with very few comments about the scene itself--why it was shot and cut in the subjective style, which would have been interesting to hear Mamet explain.) It is never boring to hear these people conversing like this, but David Mamet's insights about Terence Rattigan's play on which his film is based and on the film itself are so good that it's natural to wish that the four commentators were more focused at times on creative things. Mamet explains an in-line cut (or down-the-line cut in British terms) as a closer or farther shot from the same camera angle, and he talks about interpretive inserts of objects and some of the trick perspective shots he took to give the illusion of depth (referring to Hitchcock--and probably thinking of the oversized gun Leo G. Carroll holds on Ingrid Bergman in Spellbound). He calls attention to some expressive and subtle close-ups, especially toward the end and cites in passing a number of points about film and acting from other directors (Billy Wilder, Mike Nichols, Jean Renoir). It is surprising how much you can learn from this somewhat free-flowing conversation.
Reviewed by sedna on January 20th, 2013:Find all reviews by sedna
It's definitely a chatty, all in one room type of track - the enjoyment of it will depend on how much you like the film, initially. Mamet does point out the cuts, and Hitchcockian influences. I will admit I only listened to this for Mamet - I'll say his best is on Criterion releases of Homicide and House of Games though.