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The American (2010)

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Commentary 1: Director Anton Corbijn Rating:6.0/10 (1 vote) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by iwantmytvm on March 3rd, 2020:Find all reviews by iwantmytvm
The majority of this Corbijn commentary is comprised of character motivations and narration of the on-screen action, but the director also offers some interesting tidbits about the film. He talks about about adapting the book, some tweaks they implemented by making the protagonist (you guessed it) an American, rather than a Brit. Corbijn relates how welcoming the town was to filming just a few months after the devastating earthquake at L-Aquila. He speaks about the majestic scenery, the village setting, and some challenges of shooting due to ambient noise, weather and animals. This was his first real experience with action in his films, so he learned about guns and ammunition. He also points out the how spaghetti western influences pervade throughout the film. Some anecdotes are that Corbijn lived in a brothel while he was a student in Amsterdam, and a Clooney prank on the set.