After completing the original cut of the film, director Carl Theodor Dreyer learned that the entire master print had been accidentally destroyed. With no ability to re-shoot, Dreyer re-edited the entire film from footage he had originally rejected. Years later, the film was again thought to be lost until a copy was found in a mental institution in Oslo.
Objects in mirror are closer than they appear…
Top: Jurassic Park (1993)
Bottom: Toy Story 2 (1999)
Left: Satoshi Kon’s Perfect Blue
Right: Darren Aronofsky’s Requiem for a Dream
Some of the many similarities between Satoshi Kon’s Perfect Blue and Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan. Darren bought the rights to Perfect Blue to use a shot for shot bathtub sequence for Requiem for a Dream (2000).
The butterfly that landed on Mrs. O’Brien’s hand was not CG, but a real one. One morning while both Jessica Chastain and Brad Pitt were rehearsing, Terrence Malick spotted it flying around. He got the crew, and Chastain followed it for three blocks, then got her to step into the middle of a street and hold her hand up.
Prior to when we clearly see him on the moving walkway at the airport, Tyler flashes on screen for a single frame (1/24 of a second) during four instances before that.
I got dressed in my traditional Indian regalia, but there was a man, he was the producer of the whole show. He took that speech away from me and he warned me very sternly. “I’ll give you 60 seconds or less. And if you go over that 60 seconds, I’ll have you arrested. I’ll have you put in handcuffs.”
- Sacheen Littlefeather in Reel Injun (2009), dir. Neil Diamond.
The 45th Academy Awards
The Simpsons and Requiem for a Dream
There is a mirror or a reflective surface in nearly every shot of the film. The only noticeable place where there isn’t one is when Nina is on stage, during the film’s climax, performing the Black Swan, when her ‘dark side’ has taken over.
Boo’s real name is Mary, as shown briefly on one of the crayon drawings she shows to Sulley in the scene where Boo is going to sleep on Sulley’s bed. The actress who provided the voice of Boo is Mary Gibbs.
Created before the censorship Production Code (Hays Code) that was instituted in 1934 and was in effect for about 30 years (abolished in 1968). Technically, ‘Pre-Code’ describes films between March 1930, when the Production Code was adopted, and July 1934, when it was amended and enforced. The Code disallowed profanity, excessive violence, illegal drugs, risqué sexual elements. Between 1929 and 1934, Hollywood was governed by a voluntary code of decency. During this period, women characters were often tough-talking, sexually aggressive, and independent. Under pressure from church and state decency groups, a code with enforcement powers was implemented in 1934.