Friday, May 27, 2011

Tamara Drewe

Tamara Drewe / Tamara Drewe. GB © 2010 Ruby Films / BBC Films / UK Film Council / Notting Hill Films [tbc]. EX: Maya Amsellem, Sharon Harel, Christine Langan, Eve Schoukroun. P: Alison Owen, Tracey Seaward, Paul Trijbits. D: Stephen Frears. SC: Moira Buffini - based on the graphic novel by Posy Simmonds (2005-2006) - reworking the novel Far from the Madding Crowd (1874) by Thomas Hardy. DP: Ben Davis. PD: Alan MacDonald. Costumes: Tina Jones. Make-up & hair: Tapio Salmi. M: Alexandre Desplat. S: Joakim Sundström. ED: Mick Audsley. Casting: Leo Davis. CAST: Gemma Arterton (Tamara Drewe), Roger Allam (Nicholas Hardiment), Bill Camp (Glen McCreavy), Dominic Cooper (Ben Sergeant), Luke Evans (Andy Cobb), Tamsin Greig (Beth Hardiment), Jessica Barden (Jody Long), Charlotte Christie (Casey Shaw). 113 min. Released in Finland by Future Film with Finnish / Swedish subtitles by Janne Staffans. DCP 2K viewed at Tennispalatsi 8, Helsinki, 27 May 2011.

Technical specs (IMDb): Camera: Arricam LT, Cooke S4 and Angenieux Optimo Lenses. - Laboratory: DeLuxe, London, UK. - Film negative format: 35 mm (Fuji Eterna 250D 8563, Eterna 400T 8583, Reala 500D 8592). - Cinematographic process: Digital Intermediate (2K) (master format), Super 35 (3-perf) (source format). - Printed film format: 35 mm (anamorphic), D-Cinema. - Aspect ratio: 2.35:1.

I admire Stephen Frears, especially Gumshoe, My Beautiful Laundrette, Prick Up Your Ears, and The Grifters. His films are always worth seeing, including the entertaining Tamara Drewe. There is an affinity with John Schlesinger's amusing adaptation of Cold Comfort Farm, which for me was the revelation of Kate Beckinsale. Gemma Arterton has already appeared in several films, and now Tamara Drewe is a vehicle for her. It is also a humoristic ensemble film, which satirizes amicably the world of all kinds of literary people and the Thomas Hardy literary tradition (also parodied in Cold Comfort Farm). Quality entertainment.

A transitional 2K digital look. Tamara Drewe is a film where we would need to feel the sublime of the nature. Faces look fine but nature footage sucks.

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