LostInTheMovies wrote: james wrote:
LostInTheMovies wrote:I don't think the performance is intended to be particularly subtle (which isn't to say it's not complex) - I'd compare to silent-film acting in many ways. More about power than nuance. Lee's expressive range is incredible. As for looking 17, eh, nobody in the town of Twin Peaks really looks their age, do they?! No wonder they all stop going to high school a few episodes in...
i agree completely with this, i think her performance is the opposite of subtle, which is not to say that it is not good or in some way complex.. one thing is for sure, it took a lot of guts and heart (or should i say blood, sweat and tear) out of Sheryl Lee to play that part like she did. and to think that she wasn't even an actor when Lynch found her, just a beautiful face.
as for not looking 17, that kind of bugs me but i noticed that American movies and series do this all the time for some reason.. European shows are much better at actually letting 18 year olds playing 18 year olds, or having a 15 year old amongst the cast, etc. i think the main reason is that they know that they are going to be "subtly" play on these "kids" sexuality so better play it safe and hire a 25 year old instead. of course in countries like Sweden and France the age of consent is 15-16 but that's neither here nor there.
the only one i think reasonably could pass is Phoebe Augustine as Donna... definitely not Lara Flynn Boyle. overall i think Phoebe Augustine made for a better Donna in many ways, at least the way in how her character was SUPPOSED to be.
i recently saw FWWM for the first time in an (almost packed) theater (what an experience, what a dream come to life) and since i got the Blu-Ray set recently i decided to watch "The Missing Pieces" this morning. I bought the Blu-Ray box recently but no Blu-Ray so a download would have to do, but it was HQ, and i do own it so i think that is OK (but we all have our own moral compasses). anyway, i woke up about 6 this morning and I had a late day at work so i didn't need to go out of bed for about 2 hours. So I put on my Koss phones, the curtains were still closed and no light, and put on The Missing Pieces and put my laptop right close to my face with my KOSS headphones on. beautiful experience!
i had before seen it once but after that i've only seen it as part of Q2's FWWM fan edit, incorporting everything (almost) back into the film.. that is an interesting experience to have made at least once IMO, but "FWWM" and "The Missing Pieces" as separate entitites works a lot better imo. Lynch did a great job on this art film, outtake film, or whatever to call it. i like how he put everything in chronological order, if you have seen the movie you have no trouble watching it as a standalone and there are so many INCREDIBLE scenes here that works miracles on their own, while they would take away a lot of momentum from the actual film. and we must be very thankful that he presented them in the best possible quality and really went to work on the edit, adding some cool digital visual and effects (these are few but put to good use), and really treating this material as he would've done a proper movie.
imagine how different this footage would have been if he just had thrown this out there the way the "Wild At Heart" deleted footage was added to the Lime Green Set. apparantly that was a workprint, and the only existing copy. i'm glad we got to see it anyway, but wow what i would give for a version of that material to be found in pristine quality and remastered and put out in the same way as "The Missing Pieces".
we've actually got LOADS of deleted scenes from Lynch films.. very thankful to be a Lynch fan that way. Stanley Kubrick had all his miles of unused scenes destroyed. the film was the final statement.. but i love to be able to see some extra stuff like this. so we have:
* "Eraserhead" - from what I understand basically two very short scenes that were found somewhere that was on the Lynch 2000 DVD but even if you own that you can't watch it as it was connected to DL.com. i would love to see this. How long might these scenes be?
* "Dune" - probably at least an hour worth of material excised from the final cut has been released, most of it in pristine quality but badly in need for editing due to incredibly bad/unreasonable cutting, soundtrack problems, etc. i once again use this opportunity to mention my thread in the David Lynch / Mark Frost forums on why it's a good thing to watch "Dune" in Black & White and while the Spicediver fanedit honors David Lynch's true vision much more than the theatrical cut.
* "Blue Velvet" - after many years, Lynch found, remastered, redited and rolled out 50+ minutes worth of beautiful deleted scenes. A dream come true for any "B.V." fans and some of the scenes are just WOW. this is like the little brother of "The Missing Pieces"
"Wild At Heart" - Lynch found a workprint of the 3+ hour movie lying around and was amazed, saying "it was like being back on those roads with Lula and Sailor again". and it really is, i think there's like an hour of deleted scenes, lots of totally axed storylines, new apperances from Jingle Dell and all kinds of stuff. The quality is very shaky so it's not really watchable more than once or twice for the curiousity value imo. I'm still thankful we have it!
"Twin Peaks" / "Twin Peaks: FWWM" - Some small scenes here and there from the series, nothing to spectacular although there's a few good ones from the pilot (the gazebo for example haha). FWWM we of course know and love as the best outtake reel ever released.
"Lost Highway" / "Mulholland Dr." / "The Straight Story" - of course with "M.D." we have a bad second-second-grade copy of the bothed pilot which has a few random new scenes and some alternate takes. not much to write home about.. what's really interesting is the addition of Betty's line "...and now I'm in this dream place"! during the house visit. Otherwise i don't think there's been anything releaed from these three movies, correct?
"Inland Empire" - here good ol' Lynch took a different approach as the deleted material wasn't really deleted at all, but rather presented as its own outtake movie that stand by and compliment the movie (very much like The Missing Pieces does to FWWM). since "Inland Empire" already is so damn confusing it adds a lot of questions whether this stuff should be seen as canon or not. I know it's not possible to buy it on the European market (R1 DVD only). Some of it is quite interesting and has a nice mood, and some of it is extremely tedious. a really mixed bag that I count completely apart from the true "Inland Empire" experience.