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Mon 04 Sep 2006

The Devil wears Prada

Category : movies





A birthday celebration extended to watching "The Devil wears Prada," something the birthday boy wanted to see. It had its moments but I scored it 5/10 at IMDB.

So its tied in my vote list with the likes of Alexander (2004), Fargo (1996), Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003), King Kong (2005), The Matrix (1999), Planet of the Apes (2001) and Sweet November (2001).

The rest ranked it between 6 - 7, and the highlights for them were Anne Hathaway's fashion changes and the quietly spoken terror Meryl Streep's character inflicted on her minions.

The often scene-stealing performances of Emily Blunt and Stanley Tucci probably had something to do with it as well.

I went in to this show feeling it was familiar somehow. After I came back, I dug up some photos from my walkabout in New York on 20 Sep 2005, and it turns out I had watched them shoot a scene.

That scene probably landed on the cutting room floor, since we didn't see Hathaway in that outfit. Lots of other outfits but not this one.

I remember that day; I had left the Apple Store at Soho (navigation courtesy of Teutoberg's SMS' from Singapore) and was walking the streets, intending to eventually get into the subway.

I saw lots of equipment on the street, a junction closed off in between takes by a production assistant appealing humourously to New Yorkers for cooperation, which she received.

The actress I now know to be Anne Hathaway did a couple of takes that must have been part of her fashion metamorphosis but they must have shot one scene too many and it didn't survive editing.

The most impressive thing was the equipment and manpower associated with the shoot. No wonder delays in shoots are depicted as costing productions lots of money - its appears to be an immensely large operation for even a simple scene.

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