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Lots of love from China (4 replies and 6 comments)

MacKenzie
1 month ago
MacKenzie 1 month ago

Dear Roger and Team Deakins,

Hi! Not sure if you're gonna see this and this is not even a question, also I'm aware that tons of people must've said this but I just want to say thank you for making 1917, Roger.

As you probably knew that the film only just came into Chinese theatre a week ago and I just finished my fifth times watching it in IMAX and possibly the last IMAX screening in most surrounding areas before the next blockbuster comes in tomorrow. Not to mention more than ten times have I seen it online in the past few months, all those behind-the-scenes plus a couple of times listened to the two commentaries, written articles about it...

Yes I'm quite a nut job for this one, but in these trying times or not, this means way too much for me, each time of watching I feel more and more fascinated and heart-broken by every detail of it. There is nothing like this, the masterpiece of masterpieces, and it touches something inside me, aesthetic-wise or narrative, and of course much more.

Surely this doesn't need to come from me, and I'm sure I've left something else I want to say, also it's definitely more than words can speak of, but still, thank you, Roger, James, Sam, George, Mr. Thomas Newman, everybody, for making this phenomenal movie. In some way it saves me.

You're truly the greatest. Love all your works, and can't wait for more to come. Good day! Bless you.

Yours always,

MacKenzie

Roger Deakins
1 month ago
Roger Deakins 1 month ago

Thank you kindly for that message! I am only glad that the film could be released safely in China having been held back for so long. 5 times in IMAX! Wow!

What is next for us all? I wonder.

Mike
1 month ago

MacKenzie,
Could I ask you how much you paid for a cinema ticket, US dollars equivalent.
Had the film been edited to suit Chinese audiences.

MacKenzie
1 month ago

5 times and not nearly enough... well they're actually re-releasing a 4k version of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone nationwide starting today, so naturally, you know, takes over all the IMAX screens.
Thank you for all the kindness, it is indeed such a long wait and yes we're keeping a 50% seating policy right now and everything's slowly going back, a lot of Hollywood stuff coming soon too. Hope you and your family are all well also!
The ticket prize, USD equivalent, varies from theatre to theatre, I might say around 8-15 dollars for IMAX.
And actually no it's not edited, not this time. Got lucky for once I guess 😉

Roger Deakins
1 month ago
Roger Deakins 1 month ago

I wonder how you might cut a single take!

MacKenzie
1 month ago

We were wondering about the exact same thing when several months ago there were rumors that they were still gonna cut something from this one! But everything's fine and well in place in the end. I guess they also saw the contradictory in this.

Roger Deakins
1 month ago
Roger Deakins 1 month ago

It is hard to imagine anything in '1917' that would be deemed 'controversial'. But, who knows? The world is such a screwed up place.

MacKenzie
1 month ago

Exactly... don't see anything at all needed to be edited but you're right, who knows. Especially here when sometimes a dead body or some blood would be cut, there's always gonna be something that would keep surprising us.

MacKenzie
1 month ago

By the way this reminds me of, I'm not sure if you heard about what happened to Blade Runner 2049 when it was released here that year, but the edits being made was a total freak show, not just cutting scenes out but frames too to avoid certain exposing. People still of course enjoyed the film but those cuts were absolutely horrible.

Roger Deakins
1 month ago
Roger Deakins 1 month ago

I heard on the grapevine but nothing specific. It's so sad! Best not to talk about 'Kundun'!

MacKenzie
1 month ago

Oh god it's true last time I checked if you search 'Kundun' on most of our domestic websites you'll find absolutely nothing, not even the film title it's like the film never exists. More than 20 years since that releasing and things are not better, how lovely.

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