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From Hell (2001)

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Commentary 1: Directors Albert Hughes and Allen Hughes, screenwriter Rafael Yglesias, director of photography Peter Deming, and actor Robbie Coltrane Rating:7.5/10 (10 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by am1001 on June 5th, 2004:Find all reviews by am1001
Very interesting commentary - the directors have a good rant at Hollywood at the end. Quite a bit of swearing so not really for the kids!
Reviewed by iwantmytvm on October 29th, 2020:Find all reviews by iwantmytvm
This is a worthy listen. All are recorded separately, but the track flows well without much jarring or silent gaps.

The Hughes brothers split up their directing duties with Albert handling more of the technical aspects, the design and camera work while Allen focuses on the acting and story.

The writer Yglesias talks about adapting the graphic novel, his insertion of red herrings, and laying out all Jack the Ripper theories. A main theme of the film is the sexual hypocrisy that is based within the class structure and hierarchy of the era. They attempted to incorporate different shooting styles to contrast and clash the class distinctions. Yglesias notes his attempt to maintain historical accuracies, and points out some late additions to the script, and requisite reshoots.

DOP Deming recounts the intentions for the lighting employed for the film which required many night shoots. The film had a gritty look. One of the notes from the studio was that there was too much horse manure on screen.

Coltrane talks about his scenes with Depp, and the relationship of their characters. He provides background that he gleaned from his research into police of the era, and the culture of the time.

There is consensus of Depp as a skilled actor, proficient in accents and with a technical understanding of shots.

The prevous review mentions a rant. The Hughes brothers voice their frustration with the studio system and Hollywood. It is all business, a money machine which for them renders the experience of making a film more profitable than film itself.
Reviewed by aderok on November 13th, 2020:Find all reviews by aderok
commentary closing thoughts literal last words spoken on track

...with the aesthetically realistic feel, ya know? Im rambling on now because I just hit the pipe. Albert Hughes