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"Scaphandre et le Papillon" or "The Diving Bell and The Butterfly"
Pre-premiere interviews: Question directed to one of the members of "The Producer's Guild" who wishes to remain nameless: "What do you think of the Hollywood writer's strike?" Answer: "I think it is wrong for studios to take the same percentage for electronics as for DVD. It is inherently unfair."
Julian Schnabel explained that the he was very proud of "The Miramax Team", that "it was a good day, a very good day". He thanked Fred Hugh's nurse and Darren, who gave him the book, "Diving Bell and the Butterfly", when Julian's own father got sick. He mentioned that his father never wrote a word in his life until he wrote a poem. A breif exerpt from the poem, "I wish my wife was alive, she'ld tell me what kind of man I am."
"Scaphandre et le Papillon", or "The Diving Bell and The Butterfly", winner for the Best Director at the 2007 Cannes film festival, was directed by Julian Schnabel, while the screenplay was written by Ronald Harwood, who is also known for recently turning the Gabriel Garcia Marquez novel, "Love In The Time of Cholera" into a screenplay. The film depicts an interesting perspective from the eyes of a Cerebrovascular Accident/Locked In Syndrome victim. As Jean-Dominique Bauby, played by Mathieu Amalric, lies in the hospital bed, the viewer hears what he is thinking in his mind, however, understands that he is unable to verbally communicate his thoughts to the outside world. The camera lens' perspective is from the patients eyes as he absorbs the news of the ill-fated tragedy, observes the bedside manner of speech therapists, nurses, and other healthcare providers in the hospital room, as well as, the visits and reactions from family members. It is based on a true story of a man that had it all, and was once sitting on top of the world with a beautiful family and home, who worked as an editor for "Elle" Magazine, to now only being able to communicate by blinking his left eye. By using the most frequently used letters, the speech therapist runs down a shorter version of the alphabet until Jean-Do blinks "yes" to spell out words, phrases, and sentences. I enjoyed the scene when his friend comes to visit and places a hunter's cap on him and all you actually see the cap cover the top left portion of the screen, again, as the viewer is looking at the world from inside the patient's mind to the outside. It actually isn't until about half way through the film that you see what Jean-Do actually looks like. Adrien Brody, Benjamin Bratt, Chloe Sevigny, Edie Falco, Emmanuelle Seigner, Jullian Schnabel, Mathieu Amalric, Matt Dillon, Zac Posen and fabulous others in attendance. After party at "Mr. Chow's/Tribeca".
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