“I Wanted It To Be In B&W But For Budget Reasons, I Filmed It In Colour. The Result Is Even Better” ~ Anton Corbijn On ‘Life’

In an interview with Trends Director Anton Corbijn spoke about Dane DeHaan & Robert Pattinson’s roles in Life and also how he originally wanted to shoot the movie in black & white.

Check out the translation of the excerpt below.

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From Trends:

My next movie is about the relationship between James Dean and Dennis Stock, photographer for Life magazine. It ends just before the release of ‘East of Eden’ which made James Dean famous all around the world.


The young actor Dane Dehaan plays James Dean, and Robert Pattinson the photographer…

“It’s never easy for an actor to play another actor – particularly James Dean.. But Dane Dehaan is excellent. And Robert Pattinson as well. For him, it was very interesting to play a photographer as he is always hunted by them. And for me it made sense to make a movie about a photographer whose model has a strong image. It looks a bit like my own story.”


Will it be a movie in black and white?

“I wanted it to be but for budget reasons, I filmed it in colour. And in the end, the result is quite good – even better.”

Translation thanks to Pattinson Art Work

Anton Corbijn’s ‘Life’ Gets An R Rating From The MPAA

Ropes Of Silicone  has revealed that Life has received an R Rating from the MPAA
Definitely didn’t see that one coming as honestly there doesn’t seem to be any explanation for it.

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From Ropes Of Silicone:
Anton Corbijn’s Life is still looking for a distributor after its Berlin Film Festival premiere, but it has an MPAA rating. The film, starring Robert Pattinson and Dane DeHaan, will arrive with an R-rating when it does finally arrive.

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VIDEO: Robert Pattinson and Dane Dehaan talk about what it would be like to hang out with James Dean

The Associated Press caught up with Life stars, Robert Pattinson and Dane DeHaan, at Berlinale and asked them what they would do if they got the chance to spend time with James Dean.

CLIP: (NOW HD) Robert Pattinson tries to persuade Dane Dehaan to let him take some pictures in LIFE

We posted this already but now the first LIFE clip is in HD! We’ve also started The Clips in our menu bar. You’ll be able to see all posted movie clips in one place.

PHOTOS: Anton Corbijn, Robert Pattinson & Dane DeHaan Berlin Star Portraits

Take a look at the Berlin Film Festival Star Portraits for Anton Corbijn, Robert Pattinson & Dane DeHaan.

If you missed our round-up of pics & videos from the Berlin Film Festival check it out HERE. The first clip from Life was also shown at the festival, take a look at it HERE. And make sure to have a read of our review highlight post HERE to see what media are saying about Life.

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ROUND-UP: ‘Life’ World Premiere At The 65th Berlin International Film Festival

Anton Corbijn’s Life had it’s World Premiere at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival last night. The evening started with a photocall for the cast & crew. You can check out some of the photos below. The photocall & press conference were Livestreamed on the Berlin Film Festival Website but don’t worry if you missed out on the Livestream because we have the videos for you below as well.

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After the Photocall it was straight to the Press Conference

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And then off to the Zoo Palast for the World Premiere where the crowds had gathered to greet them.

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The Life Red Carpet Action starts around 1:09:13 on this video.

Anton Corbijn introduced the Life cast & crew to great cheers inside the theatre.

Also check out this round-up of great pics from the Berlin Film Festival Website from yesterday’s Premiere, Photocall & Press Conference.

REVIEWS: “How honest, personal and affecting is LIFE.”; “compelling dramatisation of an artistically fascinating alliance”

 

UPDATE: New reviews added at the bottom! “The slow-burn film is an absorbing study of how arresting, emotionally potent circumstances become iconic imagery.”

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Life premiered today at Berlinale! We’ll post the press conference and premiere roundup soon but we did get a chance to see the first clip from the movie before the press conference. Be sure to check it out HERE.

These are some of the review highlights, rounded up and excerpted. Click the links to read the full reviews.

Variety:

Anton Corbijn’s engaging, elegiac portrait of a legend in the making…Dane DeHaan’s magnetic take on James Dean…Robert Pattinson in a sly turn as Dennis Stock…It’s the peculiarly moving, even subtly queer friendship between the two men that distinguishes “Life” from standard inside-Hollywood fare, while gorgeous production values and ace star turns make it a thoroughly marketable arthouse prospect. 

If any current filmmaker is qualified to reflect on the intimate complexities of capturing and crafting star quality through the aperture of a camera lens, it’s the Dutch-born Corbijn — who effectively animated his signature rock-photography aesthetic to track the construction and collapse of an icon in his first stab at showbiz biography, 2007’s Ian Curtis study “Control.” Needless to say, focusing as it does on an industry that prizes heightened glamor over gut-spilling authenticity, “Life” is a sleeker effort all around in tone and texture — shot by gifted Danish d.p. Charlotte Bruus Christensen (“The Hunt”) in minty vintage hues, each frame lit as if it would be cashmere to the touch. Four features into his directorial career, with the smeary autumnal mood of last year’s “A Most Wanted Man” still fresh in the memory, Corbijn is proving a more versatile stylist than his striking debut might have suggested.

Boston Herald:

How honest, personal and affecting is LIFE.

Canvas:

Perhaps Corbijn’s most assured decision was playing down the moment when Stock takes those perennial shots of Dean in Times Square. We’re anticipating it yet there’s no dramatic build-up. As with photography, the blink-or-you’ll-miss-it moment happens, then it’s gone. In less capable filmmakers’ hands, this would be the scene where everything is neatly tied up, Stock’s work complete, photos in the can.

Gone With The Movies:

The sets, the cinematography, the music and the atmosphere all cipher the 50’s pose, as smoking and larger-than-life LA are the standard….For Dehaan, the performance, both visually and in terms of acting is undeniably suited as he resonates Dean’s moody and unique approach, showing him as a person, not merely an icon….For Robert Pattinson, his take on iconic photographer Dennis Stock is equally as impressive as he enters the world of Hollywood from the other side of the carpet (and at bottom).

Little White Lies:

Corbijn plumbed his roots as a photographer to create a decadent strain of monochrome in his debut, Control. In Life, he is subtle but satisfying with the visual storytelling. Serene frames show a tactile recreation of ’50s America. Details from vintage motors to hand-painted shop signs to the names of the films playing in ‘CINEMASCOPE’ in the various cinemas frequented are right but not ostentatiously so. There is a seasonal coldness in the air and many scenes of men talking into the receivers of old ebony phone receivers.

As Life proceeds the pace picks up and by the third act, it is a compelling dramatisation of an artistically fascinating alliance.

Screen Daily:

The film delivers on all the tech fronts, from production design to costumes to (naturally) the pin-sharp widescreen photography, which nails 1950s Americana without needing to lazily reference Edward Hopper. Best of all is Owen Pallet’s jazz soundtrack, which nails the strange mix of austerity and excitement that made the mid-fifties such an interesting times.

The Hollywood Reporter:

Anastasio Masaro‘s production design and Gersha Phillips‘ costumes vividly evoke the mid-century style of the three distinct principal settings — Hollywood, New York and the farming town of Fairmount, Indiana, where Dean spent part of his childhood. And cinematographer Charlotte Bruus Christensen (The Hunt) energizes the widescreen canvas with dynamic framing and high-contrast, saturated colors…Composer Owen Pallett channels that spirit of cultural ferment in a score of beatnik-flavored jazz, with lots of lazy drums and smoky horns

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Observer:

The slow-burn film is an absorbing study of how arresting, emotionally potent circumstances become iconic imagery.

Telegraph:

From the first scene of Anton Corbijn’s Life, DeHaan gives us very much his own Dean, and he’s immediately rather fascinating….The underrated Pattinson is playing a cold fish here, and does a credible job getting inside Dennis’s aura of shifty desperation…Thoughtfully scripted by Luke Davies, who wrote one of Heath Ledger’s last vehicles, the Australian addiction drama Candy (2006), this film understands Dean’s fame as the moment something changed – not just the birth of a new type of movie icon, but the idea of a reluctant celebrity willing to parade his vulnerabilities.

Hey U Guys:

Considering we’re living vicariously through Robert Pattinson’s Dennis Stock in Anton Corbijn’s ambitious biographical drama Life, we rely on our protagonist earning the trust of Hollywood icon and star James Dean, to be granted the fortune of getting beneath the surface of his subject, to allow the audience to do so themselves. What transpires is an absorbing insight into the life of one of the industry’s mot renowned, and elusive stars.

Cine-Vue:

Owen Pallett’s jazz-infused score and Corbijn’s sharp, conservative framing capture the essence of a decade in which America was shifting towards a more liberal perspective on life and the arts. DeHaan and Pattinson are also both terrific, at once elegant and charismatic, yet equally uncomfortable in the skins they inhabit.

FIRST CLIP From ‘Life’ With Robert Pattinson & Dane DeHaan

Just before the Life Press Conference at the Berlin Film Festival we were treated to a clip from Life featuring Dane DeHaan & Robert Pattinson! Check it out below

‘Life’ At The Berlin Film Festival ~ Livestream & Schedule

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Life has it’s World Premiere at the Berlin Film Festival today and the action will be kicking off with a Photocall and Press Conference with the cast and crew of the movie.

You’ll be able to watch the Photocall and the Press Conference on the Berlinale Livestream HERE at the times listed below. The Red Carpet will follow but won’t be Livestreamed.

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19.45 CET Photo Call (6:45PM GMT/ 1:45PM ET/ 10:45AM PT) (Watch HERE)
19.55 CET Press Conference (6:55PM GMT/ 1:55PM ET/ 10:55AM PT) (Watch HERE)
Anton Corbijn (Director)
Luke Davies (Screenwriter)
Robert Pattinson (Actor)
Dane DeHaan (Actor)
Alessandra Mastronardi (Actress)
Kristian Bruun (Actor)
Christina Piovesan (Producer)
Iain Canning (Producer)

21:00 CET Red Carpet (8PM GMT/ 3PM ET/ 12PM)