A Very Long Engagement was a DVD that took me a very long time to watch.
An old colleague of mine sent me a code from a newspaper which allowed me to get a DVD from Play.com for free. The choice was a little limited to say the least… a choice of one. Either get it for free or don’t get it at all. So I ordered it. It was a film that I wanted to watch anyway because it starred Audrey Tautou who was also in Amelie. When it arrived I put it on the shelf with the other DVD’s in my collection. That was last November.
When I decided to watch it at the weekend I noticed on the cover that it was directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet who also directed Amelie, Alien: Ressurrection, The City of Lost Children and Delicatessen. All of which I own except The City of Lost Children, but that’s now on order.
A Very Long Engagement is just a wonderful wonderful film and is absolutely gorgeous to watch. The second disc of the two has a 70 minute ‘Making of’ feature which shows how much the film relies to CGI. The street scenes outside the opera house are actually composed from 3 different shots mixed together. At one point Jean-Pierre is telling the extras in the scene what their character is and where they are going. I would have to watch the film again to catch all of the plot points and the cinematic details, but that’s certainly no hardship.
The other film that I watched was The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle which couldn’t have been more different.
I’m a fan of the Sex Pistols and John Lydon but this was just a Malcolm McLaren ego trip. It did have some good clips of the band playing but most of them I’d seen before because I own the Longhorn DVD. A film must be pretty bad for me to fast-forward through great chunks of it. Thankfully it was only rented and is now whizzing back from where it came.