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In Reply to: RE: 'Oppenheimer': Purely brilliiant . . . posted by Billy Wonka on July 21, 2023 at 17:05:08
I saw a 70 mm film version in Chicago last night, and the movie was followed by a panel discussion featuring a group of learned people. During the discussion we learned that the reason that many scenes had cuts between color and black & white photography in the same scene was that the black and white parts used actual historic dialogue, while the color shots used stuff made up for this movie! It would have been nice to know this before siting through 3 hours of this cinematic mess. So I guess that this an anti-spoiler. The acting and dialogue is very good, but this fact gets distracted by the goofy editing. The sound track has effects and music which are way too loud at times, although the dialogue level is always just right, so I have to assume that this was done on purpose. The scene with the flash where the bomb finally explodes is followed by several quiet minutes which moves between several scenes of the observers, and then you finally hear the explosion, after several minutes! We got to the old theater here about half an hour before the movie was supposed to start, but it was quite full and hard to get good seats. I wound up behind a tall guy with big hair and a mustache. Next to him was a woman with her hair up in a bun wrapped by a scarf, with another woman next to her. Both women were wearing fake mustaches for some reason! I changed my seat to the other side of my wife which had an empty seat in front of it, but a tall guy came and sat in it just before the movie. It was pretty much a full house so moving again was not an option, however about an hour and a half into the movie I began to appreciate the fact that the tall guy in front of me had his head covering about 1/3 of the screen, so I kept telling myself "You're not missing that much". So now I would recommend seeing Oppenheimer while sitting behind a tall guy with ample hair. Some years ago there was a mini-series on TV with Sam Waterston as Oppenheimer which told the story much better than the current movie.
Was Einstein's scene in color or black and white?
There were two scenes with Einstein in his later days at Princeton, played by Tom Conti, both scenes in color.
I'll stop using the "quote" although I believe it to be true.
By Peter Hitchens ( you need to scroll down ) or read it all
The germans were working on a two stage variant of the V2 rocket which could have reached New York, however Hitchen's claim that they never got anywhere near creating an atomic bomb is debatable depending on what sources you look at today. In one version they had plans for a radioactive "dirty bomb" which would have made a lot of people sick if it hit New York. In another version they got a lot closer to actually producing a low yield atom bomb, and people on the german end like Heisenberg were not exactly eager to share their involvement with the german atom bomb after the war.
At any rate viewers can create their own cut of the current Oppenheimer film if they get a seat behind a tall guy with big hair (note: this will not work at an Omnimax version with stadium type seating, as you have to see it in an old theater from the 20's like I did). Also one of the other posters suggested seeing Oppenheimer while wearing ear buds with the noise canceling feature on so you have some control on the audio mix. Or wait till it comes on TV.
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