Back to school, Amanda Friedman
FILM 1207: INFERNAL AFFAIRS
TRIVIA: The psychiatrist’s name, “Lee Sum Yee”, is a homophone (in Cantonese) for “your psychiatrist”.
When Yan and SP Wong are waiting at the elevator, the digital floor counter skips the 4th floor. In China and Hong Kong, the number 4 is considered bad luck because it sounds similar to the word ‘death’.
Kvivik Igloo, Faroe islands, Denmark
FILM 1206: MARY AND MAX
TRIVIA: It took 2400 teaspoons of lubricant to create the ocean when Max imagines himself on a desert island.
One Tomb Stone over from Ruby’s reads “R.I.P. Adam Elliot”, the writer/director of the film.
The street, Lamington Drive, is a play on words: Lamingtons are an Australian cake. They are sometimes used in fund-raising activities by schools and other organizations, whereby they are sold in bulk. Such activities are referred to as ‘Lamington Drives’.
This is the very first animated film to open for the Sundance Film Festival.
Principal photography lasted over 57 weeks, using 133 separate sets, 212 puppets, and 475 miniature props, including a fully functional Underwood typewriter. This took 9 weeks to design and build.
The postage stamps in the film used by Mary feature an image of Dame Edna Everage, a character played by comedian Barry Humphries, who also narrates the film.
FILM 1205: THE DARK CRYSTAL
TRIVIA: At the time it was made, it was hailed as the only live action film in which a human actor makes no appearance.
Although there are nine of them, the Skeksis were originally based on the seven deadly sins.
From a budget of $15 million, the film made slightly over $40 million, a rather disappointing figure. This was put down to the fact that many parents felt the film was too scary for their children and also because it opened against the box office juggernaut that was E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982).
Conceptual designer Brian Froud was behind the look and feel of virtually every aspect of the film’s production, from creatures and landscapes right down to the font of the opening title. In total, it took up five years of his life.
FILM 1204: BICYCLE THIEVES
TRIVIA: The movie director Sergio Leone worked as an assistant for Vittorio De Sica during the filming of this movie. He also has a short appearance as one of the priests that are standing next to Bruno and Antonio during the rainstorm.
Lianella Carell was a journalist who came to interview Vittorio De Sica when they were looking for someone to play the role of Maria. But, when De Sica saw her, he instantaneously decided that she would play Maria for the movie.
Vittorio De Sica claimed he selected the actors for the characters of both Bruno and Antonio because of their walks.
The Swedish title for “Ladri di biciclette” (plural ‘thieves’) is “Cykeltjuven” (singular ‘The Bicycle Thief).