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Alejandro González Iñárritu Talks ‘The Revenant’
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Alejandro González Iñárritu Talks ‘The Revenant’

Described as a “masterpiece” by Sean Penn, and “a poem” by Neil Marshall, Alejandro González Iñárritu’s gritty “The Revenant” certainly has its share of admirers. And while the director himself has said he’s unlikely to put himself through such an ordeal again (the production was “a living hell” by some accounts) the director is not only proud of his film, but believes it deserves to be seen in the best theaters that cinema has to offer.

“This film deserves to be watched in a temple,” he told Financial Times. And who can argue that Emmanuel Lubezki’s breathtaking cinematography doesn’t deserve the best viewing possible?

READ MORE: Review: Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s Fierce And Unremitting ‘The Revenant’ Starring Leonardo DiCaprio And Tom Hardy

And while Iñárritu welcomes all comments about his film, just don’t call “The Revenant” a western. “I don’t consider [my] film a Western,” he explained. “Western is in a way a genre, and the problem with genres is that it comes from the word ‘generic’, and I feel that this film is very far from generic.”

I’m not a linguist, but I’m fairly certain Iñárritu’s take on the word “genre” isn’t quite correct. However, the larger point is that he probably doesn’t want his film boxed into any preconceived notions. Meanwhile, Tom Hardy is dispelling a rumor that he punched his director while on set of the movie.

“If you hit somebody, you’d know about it. That didn’t happen. That’s just nonsense,” he told Variety. So there you go.

“The Revenant” opens wide this Friday.

Source: IndieWire

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The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge!!!

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AN UNFORGETTABLE NOVEL OF REVENGE, SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE, STARRING LEONARDO DICAPRIO

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The year is 1823, and the trappers of the Rocky Mountain Fur Company live a brutal frontier life. Trapping beaver, they contend daily with the threat of Indian tribes turned warlike over the white men’s encroachment on their land, and other prairie foes–like the unforgiving landscape and its creatures. Hugh Glass is among the Company’s finest men, an experienced frontiersman and an expert tracker. But when a scouting mission puts him face-to-face with a grizzly bear, he is viciously mauled and not expected to survive.

The Company’s captain dispatches two of his men to stay behind and tend to Glass before he dies, and to give him the respect of a proper burial. When the two men abandon him instead, taking his only means of protecting himself–including his precious gun and hatchet– with them, Glass is driven to survive by one desire: revenge.

With shocking grit and determination, Glass sets out crawling inch by inch across more than three thousand miles of uncharted American frontier, negotiating predators both human and not, the threat of starvation, and the agony of his horrific wounds. In Michael Punke’s hauntingly spare and gripping prose, The Revenant is a remarkable tale of obsession, the human will stretched to its limits, and the lengths that one man will go to for retribution.

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The Revenant producers deny putting cast and crew in danger on set

Film crew rep claims executives on Alejandro González Iñárritu’s latest film, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, ignored multiple warnings about safety concerns

Marnie Langeroodi
Monday 27 July 2015 13.36 BST

How far is too far in pursuit of that perfect shot? Filming during Alejandro González Iñárritu’s latest offering, The Revenant, has been described as “a living hell” according to some cast and crew, a fact the director does not dispute.

While conditions were undeniably brutal, now Damian Petti, president of film crew union body IATSE Local 212, suggests that cast and crew may have been in real danger. He told the Hollywood Reporter that production executives ignored multiple warnings about safety concerns.

The Revenant sees Leonardo DiCaprio’s character Hugh Glass betrayed by his companions during a fur trapping expedition in 1823. CGI was out of the question as “the film would be a piece of shit”, according to its director, and so The Revenant was shot in harsh conditions in the Canadian winter, a far cry from a soundstage in Los Angeles.

Petti criticised what he calls an “it’s all worth it because the picture looks really good” attitude stating: “That’s a very dangerous road for any of us to be on and to buy into.

“In terms of our industry, it’s important that people differentiate between getting an amazing movie at all costs, and safety.”

The Revenant producer New Regency deny these allegations, insisting that on-set safety was duly followed throughout the shoot: “While filming in challenging conditions, safety was not compromised.”

Petti is acting as a voice for crew members he feels were “not … taken seriously” and who fear the consequences of speaking out. Petti claims that around 15 to 20 crew members quit or were fired during production, some of whom “raised safety issues”.

New Regency, in its defence, say it hired specialists to ensure overall safety while shooting in harsh conditions: “We hired experts who worked with us in swift-water, mountain-climbing, bear behaviour, helicopter operations and cold-weather safety to complement the US production management team.”

But Petti insists that a host of safety concerns abound in “extreme conditions” including “cold weather, remote locations, slippery ground, cold water and communications challenges”. Petti says that it’s hard to explain to an LA executive that “all of these things are adding up to the outer edge of safety”.

Read more and check out pictures: theguardian.com

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Interesting short notes on Leo’s latest movie

‘I ain’t afraid to die anymore. I done it already.’ That’s the only line in the new trailer for Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s new film, ‘The Revenant,’ starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy. Calling it now, this one is Oscar-worthy.

Introducing Leonardo DiCaprio like you’ve never seen him before in The Revenant, a story inspired by true events. He takes the role of legendary explorer Hugh Glass, a fur trapper and frontiersman in the 1820s. During an expedition in the wilderness, he was attached by a bear and stranded after his own hunting team leaves him for dead. With that, he is forced to take on the world alone, travel over 200 miles to find safey — and face his closest ally who betrayed him, John Fitzgerald, played by Tom Hardy.

Also starring Will Poulter and Domhnall Gleeson, the film looks absolutely beautiful as it was shot entirely in natural light. Directed by Birdman‘s Alejandro G. Iñárritu, we have a feeling that this movie will definitely land an Oscar nomination — and it’s about freaking time Leo win one. Birdman won four Oscars, including Best Picture at last year’s Academy Awards.

“We are shooting very small hours. It was planned this way, to be little-by-little jewel moments; that’s the way I designed the production. That was both to create intensity in these moments, as well as the climate conditions,” the director said in a recent interview. “We are shooting in such remote far-away locations that, by the time we arrive and have to return, we have already spent 40% of the day. But those locations are so gorgeous and so powerful, they look like they have never been touched by a human being, and that’s what I needed. The light is very reduced here in winter, and we are not shooting with any electrical lighting, just natural light. And every single scene is so difficult — emotionally, technically. I’ve gotten myself in trouble again, but I’m trying my best.”

We have a feeling it will work out. The film hits theaters on Christmas day. Will you see it?

— Emily Longeretta

Source: hollywoodlife.com

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South Dakota town bets big on Leonardo DiCaprio bear film
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South Dakota town bets big on Leonardo DiCaprio bear film

A small town near the border of North and South Dakota is commemorating a grizzly tale this summer, and organizers hope a forthcoming film starring Leonardo DiCaprio will help keep the tradition alive and bring visitors to the region.

Organizers in the town of Lemmon, South Dakota, will launch the first annual Hugh Glass Rendezvous in August in advance of “The Revenant,” which will be released in December.

Glass is a legend in the region for having been mauled by a grizzly in August of 1823 near what is now the Shadehill Reservoir. The frontiersman was left for dead by his fellow travelers, but survived and sought revenge.

Lemmon locals are hoping that the release of the film will generate interest in Glass’ story and drive tourists to the area, and festival, reported the Bismarck Tribune.

“We’re sitting on a little gold nugget,” said LaQuita Shockley, a local newspaper publisher and co-organizer of the first Hugh Glass Rendezvous. “Once the movie is released, there’ll be global attention, and people are going to want to walk upon the very spot.”

Source: CBSNews

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