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By David Poland poland@moviecitynews.com

Early Tracking on 'The Departed' Reveals a Dissatisfied Christopher Doyle


In the lingering PR hangover accompanying the New York Film Festival’s recent schedule announcement, a colleague and I bandied about a few titles we thought belonged on a short list for opening night. I ultimately suggested Marie-Antoinette (before yesterday’s critical gang rape, natch) while my knowledgeable pal stuck with the Warner Bros. motif in citing Martin Scorsese’s The Departed, which is evidently locked into an Oct. 6 wide release. (The NYFF starts Sept. 30.)
But another old friend of The Reeler’s indicates (via Grady Hendrix) that we shouldn’t be getting our hopes up for Scorsese’s red-carpet saunter through Lincoln Center either:

The Departed also gets a gift of some choice words from Christopher Doyle, Hong Kong’s acclaimed cinematographer and the visual consultant on Infernal Affairs. Saul Symonds, a writer in Hong Kong, interviewed Doyle and these are the outtakes, which are fascinating. Here’s what Doyle had to say about The Departed:

“I find it disappointing if not depressing to see someone of the integrity and scholarship of Marty:

1) apparently not knowing or caring where the original originates from (which I find insulting to our integrity and efforts…when of all the filmmakers in the world Marty is the one who pretends to celebrate excellence and integrity and vision in cinematography)

2) needing to suck box office, or studio, or whoever’s dick he feels he needs to suck…it can’t be for the money…it can’t be for the film (for the reasons above)…it must be just to work…which is mostly my motivation most of the time…but to have something fall into one’s lap because one is supposedly competent in a certain kind of filmmaking is exactly why we are moving on and accountants are making non-subtitled versions of what we do.

There is a little more over at Hendrix’s Kaiju Shakedown, and of course it is worth the read. Meanwhile, The Fountain just moved into the front-runner spot for opening night, assuming Doyle doesn’t empty his clip on Darren Aronofsky for debasing himself with cocksucking time-travel films or something. Anything is possible, and God knows it is a long way to September.

2 Responses to “Early Tracking on 'The Departed' Reveals a Dissatisfied Christopher Doyle”

  1. prideray says:

    Fuckin’ Chris Doyle. Fuckin’ a.

  2. A says:

    How odd. This interview with Doyle is from last year and comes from Saul Symonds at http://www.hkfilmart.com/

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