Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Revolutionary Road World Premiere

I went to the World Premiere of Revolutionary Road last night in Los Angeles. I really enjoy attending World Premieres. The audience is buzzing with excitement and you get to see the stars up close and personal, which is always fun. And I love to see the Hollywood publicity machine working at full tilt. 

The best part of the night was that I really enjoyed this film. It's based on a book of the same name by Richard Yates that was written in the 1960s. Sam Mendes directed. I am a fan of Mr. Mendes, who also directed the critically acclaimed American Beauty -- the floating plastic bag moment is infamous (so simple yet said so much) -- and Road to Perdition. As Mendes opened the film, he actually pointed out that it took 40 years for the book to be made into a feature. Now that is a long development period! Seven years, which is the average time for a film to be made, doesn't sound so bad anymore.  

It's films like Revolutionary Road that inspire me to keep working as a producer. I am drawn to character-driven films and I absolutely adore good dialogue. I get goose bumps thinking of brilliantly written cinematic moments. I have even created another blog in which I am pulling in the scenes from movies and books that give me that goose bump moment. Check it out: http://romancingthestory.blogspot.com. 

I'm most excited when I am completely riveted by a scene in which all the characters are doing is talking. To me, this is the sign of a great film and a gifted writer. To have the ability to write dialogue that has you hanging on the edge of your seat is so incredibly hard. And then to be able to direct the scene and act it out in such a simple and elegant way so that the dialogue is the main focus of the scene, well, then, you've got me at hello. 


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