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Sidewalks of New York (2001)

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Commentary 1: Director/actor Edward Burns Rating:8.0/10 (1 vote) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by petershelleyau on December 29th, 2012:Find all reviews by petershelleyau
Burns is mostly scene-specific though there are some small silences. He comments on working on a low budget and says that after doing Saving Private Ryan for Spielberg that he adopted the techniques of using a hand-held camera and practical lighting to save costs and complete the film in a shorter time. Burns also uses jump-cutting editing for a pseudo-documentary style. He also comments on the script and allowing some of the actors to improvise, casting and some of his original casting choices, having no production designer and therefore using existing locations, the origin of the film, mistakes, location consolidation to save time, filming few takes and not-directing actors, music and score, and incidents with the public when filming in the street. Additionally, Burns comments on the decision to not remove shots of the World Trade Center in the background whereas other filmmakers did so after 9/11. He also advises that he hoped to make his next film an adaptation of William Kennedy's novel Legs which did not appear to happen. Burns is occasionlly repetitive and annoying in his speech patterns.