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Assassination linger cut (1 reply and 1 comment)

NFcam
1 month ago
NFcam 1 month ago

Having rewatched the Assassination of Jesse James by the coward Robert Ford again, I just love the choreography of the scenes and the way the light develops throughout and helps them fall into one another to increase the feeling of inevitability of the story as it develops. At what stage of the filming process was that developed? Also, how does the longer cut that you like Roger differ from the cinematic version and how do you think did it make the piece stronger overall? 

Roger Deakins
1 month ago
Roger Deakins 1 month ago

You should read the book and then you will see what I feel the film is missing. It is more of a tapestry about the characters and what happened after the assassination. I can see why this was cut from the final version as it seemed irrelevant to the story of Jesse James, but I felt it gave the story more depth as a story set within a time.

The 'look' of the film was developed during the first days of prep., through set design. location choices, color palette and shot construction. There are always things added and changed during a shoot but the basics were established very early on.

NFcam
1 month ago

Thanks Roger - it’s now prepped on the kindle behind a book about the making of The Wild Bunch. I love the pacing of Assas... and the way it undulates and unwinds itself... it does seem to me as though modern so called revisionist westerns are shot to look a little differently than what I would call classical westerns (ie Ford films) with what I would call a flatter, different colour palette and a little more like the way Altman had M&MM shot - is that a conscious distinction to help the audience feel as though they can approach it as a more convoluted and complex perspective?

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