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The Morning After (1986)

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Commentary 1: Director Sidney Lumet, actor Jane Fonda, and producer Bruce Gilbert Rating:9.0/10 (1 vote) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by petershelleyau on March 25th, 2012:Find all reviews by petershelleyau
The commentary on my DVD was only by Sidney Lumet and is scene-specific with some minor pauses. He talks of his admiration for Jane Fonda as actor and producer, and how he had known her as a second-generation Hollywood since he had worked with her father Henry multiple times. She had wanted to work with him for years and brought him the script. Lumet tells how she went method mad and got actually drunk to play one of her drunk scenes which had some surprising results. He also discusses the other cast members which include Jeff Bridges as another second-generation Hollywood actor, the film's color scheme and photography, locations, score, costumes, and the importance of rehearsal to his movie making. He speaks of the difficulty in directing the cat in the film, has second thoughts about the script in retrospect though provides some character analysis, points out the way he likes to create a sex scene, and uses some obtuse actors language in explaining how to supposedly help performance. He describes the film as a melodrama, and to this end talks of the difference between using suspense and shock effects, editing techniques for the genre, and his preference for the spare use of close-ups.