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This review is from: Hotel [DVD] (DVD)
This is a fantastic film. Imagine Peter Greenaway directing "Rosencrantz And Gildenstern Are Dead" and you are some way to imagining what this is like.
The idea of a play and a film within a film works very well, The Duchess of Malfi play interweaving seamlessly in the film.
The ensemble acting team improvised a lot of the story between them. This tends to result in films where the plot isn't the main point, which only works when there is a lot of discipline underpinning things. Which there is in this case. Rhys Ifans plays a gloriously objectionable film director, David Schwimmer superbly and subtly plays the put-upon producer. In lesser hands, Mike Figgis' handheld camerawork could grate on the nerves after a while. Here it works very well.
One of the previous reviewers described this as an inspiration to amateur film makers, which it is in a way, but like any craft you have to have a good command of the rules before you can even think about breaking them.
A good follow up to Timecode, and it's always good to see film directors who will break out and do their own things just for the love of making films.
The "making of" film is also very good, explaining the background to the film.