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WATCH: 'Prisoners' Director Denis Villeneuve Talks with NY Times Anatomy of a Scene

Photo of Ryan Lattanzio By Ryan Lattanzio | TOH! September 18, 2013 at 3:11PM

Check out this insightful "Anatomy of a Scene" video feature for the NY Times, where Canadian director Denis Villeneuve talks a pivotal scene from the upcoming crime thriller "Prisoners," out this Friday.
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Prisoners

Check out this insightful "Anatomy of a Scene" video feature for the NY Times, where Canadian director Denis Villeneuve talks a pivotal scene from the upcoming crime thriller "Prisoners," out this Friday.


A taut, disturbing, well-acted drama that debuted to raves at Telluride before hitting TIFF -- where it was the runner-up for the audience award -- "Prisoners" is elegantly lensed by 10-time Oscar nominee Roger Deakins. Here, Villeneuve discusses the film's dreary, rain-soaked palette. "The most important thing in cinema is to suggest and not to show," he says.

Though it has its implausibilities and problems, "Prisoners" is a nail-biter in the truest sense and -- thanks to excellent work by Jake Gyllenhaal and Hugh Jackman -- gripping throughout its two-and-a-half-hour running time.

 

This article is related to: New York Times, Video, Jake Gyllenhaal, Hugh Jackman, Denis Villeneuve, Prisoners


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.