Memphis connection: from a Sept. '09 interview in NY Press:
Q: Any cinematic influences?
A: The only movie that I was actually thinking about as a reference was the William Eggleston movie "Stranded in Canton." It has this liquid home movie photography and an accidental narrative. He just walked around filming his friends in black and white video. It’s very fluid.
I wonder if, in your research, you ran across this 2007 article from David Bordwell, comparing a key sequence from "The Shop Around the Corner" with Nora Ephron's remake, "You've Got Mail" (1998):
"You've got cutting."
Not an actual school play -- this was made with professional child actors by a production company that does commercials and music videos (Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, etc.). See: http://www.tmz.com/2010/03/30/scarface-ele… & http://rhfilms.com/featured/ • Still lots of fun, but this takes some of the frisson away.
By Joe Boone
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