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Old February 20th, 2003, 11:08 PM   #1
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Just saw "Anatomy of a Scene: The Quiet American" on Sundance channel. It focuses (no pun intended) on the bomb scene and especially Michael Caine from the point of view of the film makers. It is very good. Quite worthwhile for aspiring and already there film makers. Having been in Vietnam a number of times I felt the rationale for using Vietnamese who had undergone the war as extras was very interesting. The rationale was intriguing. But for most of us, I think, the logic behind the scene was very enlightening.
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Old February 22nd, 2003, 08:05 PM   #2
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I saw the Quiet American last night, great film. Unfortunately I don't get the Sundance Channel!
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Old February 22nd, 2003, 11:50 PM   #3
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<<<-- Originally posted by Alex Taylor : I saw the Quiet American last night, great film. Unfortunately I don't get the Sundance Channel! -->>>

I just started getting Sundance so this was a first for me. The focus (bad word again) included how they used hand held cameras for some of the shots in the square and the use of music to accentuate (sometimes by the absence of sound) parts of the scene. They also talked of the relationship between older white men (Caine, for example) and beautiful young Vietnamese women. Obviously one of Greene's metaphors for colonialism. But it also works both ways, particularly in the novel.
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