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Saturday, January 7, 2012
ALCAINE WILL SHOOT 'PASSION' FOR DE PALMA
COMPOSER: DARIO MARIANELLI - EDITOR: FRANCOIS GEDIGIER
"I’ve always been known for my concern for the beauty of the actresses. That’s because I grew up seeing the films from the 1940s to the 1960s, in which the actresses were shot like goddesses.” That is a quote from José Luis Alcaine, the cinematographer who has worked on five films with Pedro Almodóvar since 1988, including Almodóvar's latest, The Skin I Live In. According to the IMDB, Alcaine will be the cinematographer on Brian De Palma's Passion, a film of which De Palma has stated will have "a lot of beautiful women in it." Noomi Rapace and Rachel McAdams are set to play the leads. De Palma had previously told us that Thierry Arbogast would be shooting the film, but that was back when they were trying to get the project off the ground last spring, so Arbogast may be tied up with other projects right now. In any case, Alcaine is a welcome, fantastic choice, having done incredible work with Almodóvar and others. The Skin I Live In has been compared on more than one occasion to De Palma's Femme Fatale.

Alcaine is known for being the first to use fluorescent tubes as a primary lighting source back in the '70s. He talked a bit about his lighting techniques in a recent interview with Below The Line's Jack Egan, telling him that the bedrock of all good cinematography is "sculpting with light... You have to bear in mind that the lighting in all my films, even though they’re very different, starts from reality. That means I like very gentle lights, but with great contrasts; and soft lighting that envelopes colors, without making them explode.”

Also according to the IMDB (and confirmed by Film Music Reporter), Dario Marianelli will compose the score for Passion. Marianelli is an award-winning composer who has scored many films, including The Brave One, Atonement, Pride and Prejudice and V for Vendetta. The IMDB also lists François Gédigier (Dancer In The Dark, Queen Margot) as the editor on Passion. As previously reported, Cornelia Ott is the art director.

Posted by Geoff at 4:38 PM CST
Updated: Sunday, January 8, 2012 10:32 AM CST
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Sunday, January 8, 2012 - 7:08 PM CST

Name: "Harry Georgatos"

saw THE SKIN I LIVE IN, it reminded me of De Palma films such as SISTERS, DRESSED TO KILL, RAISING CAIN and FEMME FATALE. This film goes places where De Palma went in the early '80's with DRESSED TO KILL and doesn't hold back.

Monday, January 9, 2012 - 7:03 AM CST

Name: "christiangrevstad"
Home Page: http://www.christiangrevstad.wordpress.com

I though The Skin I live in was Almodovar's best.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - 4:33 AM CST

Name: "patrickbosset"

Yes, Alcaine's a much wiser choice than Arbogast! Let's cross fingers he'll choose anamorphic lenses over regular widescreen.

Saturday, January 14, 2012 - 5:47 AM CST

Name: "rado"
Home Page: http://rado.bg

Inspired choice, to say the least! The great "Skin..." looks fabulous and more than a little "Femme Fatale" :)

Saturday, January 14, 2012 - 6:48 PM CST

Name: "Randy Aitken"

An interesting update to the Passion credits . . .  http://filmmusicreporter.com/2012/01/13/pino-donaggio-to-score-brian-de-palmas-passion/

For what it's worth, I'm sure that Mr. Alcaine will do a fine job as DP on Passion, but I loved the look of Femme Fatale. It really stands out as another beautifully shot De Palma film that looks unlike any other fabulous looking film in the BDP canon. I can't wait to see the movie. Five years is too long between De Palma films! I started watching Love Crime this week and Passion should be a gas.

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