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Director Joel Schumacher
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Reviewed by Bickle, T. on August 8th, 2009
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Schumacher proves to be a compassionate, affecting speaker. He makes this little-seen film even better. Speaking often of the tight budget, the film's unique look and the use of unknown actors, Schumacher discusses his film in amusing detail, often slipping into useful anecdotes. His knowledge of film is impressive, but his mixup of Cole Hauserís role in Good Will Hunting is a comical error. 9/10
Reviewed by vpadgett on April 15th, 2013
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Decent commentary, if not Roger Ebert, or at the level of the professors who comment on Kurosawa's early films. Schumacher clearly loves the film he directed, and places his heart into his commentary. I as always was hungry for more meat.
Reviewed by grimjack on August 26th, 2020
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Fantastic commentary. It does everything a great commentary is supposed to. Schumacher talks about everything a fan or a director would want to hear about. The locations, how and why they used 16mm to purposefully get that cheap look, and the scenes where the actors surprised him with how much better they made it look than was already on the page.
He points out so many things about how films are usually directed and made, by pointing out what this film did not do in that expected way. How they filmed it so differently than any other film, where instead of setting up the cameras and blocking where actors should move to and when, instead they let the actors go at it, and the cinematographer chased them around.
He even breaks down the script and story, pointing out what it is really about that you might not realize, and why the unique story aspect is having the lead not be heroic, and the main focus being on a relationship rather than the bigger picture, of war and sacrifice.
It is fascinating how many actors he found for this film ended up becoming much bigger deals over the last twenty years. He talks about the enjoyment of working with so many young actors who had never been in a movie and were energized to do their best work knowing this was a big break of sorts. He has many good stories about each actor, and how they got the part.
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