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Requiem for a Dream (2000)

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Commentary 1: Director Darren Aronofsky Rating:7.2/10 (11 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by iwantmytvm on October 19th, 2020:Find all reviews by iwantmytvm
I wish that Aronofsky still recorded commentaries. He fills this one expertly. He speaks about the genesis of the project, how we had been inspired by the works of author Hubert Selby jr. as the subjects for his short films while in film school, which later led to adapting this book after Pi, his previous film. He talks about the changes that were made, moving the location from the Bronx to Brooklyn and Coney Island, where Aronofsky grew up, and which scenes were inspired by real life episodes from his past. They sometimes resorted to guerilla filmmaking - stealing shots on the subway or other locations - but not nearly as often as in Pi, for which Aronofsky obtained a dubious reputation with local police. Clint Mansell and Kronos Quartet combined to complete a unique and compelling score, based on sampling that Mansell compiled and molded into an orchestration that the quartet could perform. Aronofsky dissects these music and sound design choices, pointing out that the goal was to achieve a requiem for the arc of the film. He and some friends formed a visual effects company to produce the effects in this film, which were meant to be subtle and barely noticeable. For the look of the film, the intention was a visual narrative, an exploring of the subjective mind of the characters, capturing the blurring of reality and daydreamy mind-wandering that happens to all of us, incorporating sound elements to complete that bridging of perspectives. For the lighting, they wanted to produce a discernible shift between the seasons as depicted in the film, sound bests and the music followed a similar trajectory. Aronofsky describes how the principal actors came to be cast. their transformations over the course of the film, and he notes when actors from his previous film, Pi, appear. This was a difficult film for the filmmakers to obtain financing, and the sex and drug use resulted in harsh ratings from the MPAA.