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 Post subject: Press kit notes
PostPosted: August 23rd, 2007, 8:34 pm 
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Part I (more soon)

Anderson had never been in India before he conceived of the film, but had long been in love with a landscape that had popped off the screen in some of his favorite movies, especially Jean Renoir's THE RIVER, a coming of age story set on the banks of the Ganges, and the sweeping, emotional films of the master Indian filmmaker Satyajit Ray. The idea of bringing his own comically bittersweet sensibility to a world so different from his own intrigued him (3).

Anderson, Schwartzman and Coppola started writing while all three were temporarily living in Paris... 'I know this sounds kind of corny and picturesque but swe starting writing a lot of the film in little French cafes at night...' (4)

Adds Coppola: 'I think we all hope that the vibrant, chaotic spirit we found in India, and that the Whitman brothers find in India, will really come across in the movie' (5)

'[Producer Lydia Dean] Pilcher loved the story, but was even more excited when she heard how Wes Anderson planned to approach it. "Wes told me that he really wanted to make this movie in a completely different way than anything he had ever done before... He wanted to abandon the traditional entrapments of making a movie and really pare down the process. So, he wanted the actors to do their own makeup, to dress themselves in the morning and to really try to create an environment where the characters are functioning in this fictional world as if they were real people taking this trip..."' (5).

'Wes Anderson knew he wanted to shoot THE DARJEELING LIMITED on a real moving train... [Pilcher indicates that people tried to talk Wes out of it]... 'I had just done NAMESAKE in India and we had shot only one day in a train and I knew it was not going to be an easy thing.'" (12)

Pilcher: "We were going in a region under the auspices of Northwestern Railways, and they never had anybody come to them and say we need ten coaches and an engine for three months and we're going to strip them down, build our own interiors and we want to run it on a live track!" (12)

Production designer Mark Friedberg: "Ultimately we cross-pollinated the actual Indian trains with luxury trans-world trains such as the Orient Express as well as the contemporary Euro transit trains... We also looked at the 20th Century Limited, he adds, referring to the New York-based express passenger train that became known to railroad buffs as 'The greatest train in the world.'" (13)

"Shooting on a train is always extremely difficult," [Bob] Yeoman confesses. "Where do you put the lights? We couldn't rig anything to the top of the train and no equipment could be more than about 3 feet from the car due to the telephone poles and trees that practically brushed against the side of the train!" (13)

"We felt that a moving train imparts an energy to the shoot that cannot be faked... Only rarely did we break this rule" [Yeoman] (14)

Pilcher: "No matter what the logistics, we would never stop shooting ever" (14).

"Shooting as organically as possible" (14)

"Then there were the crowds... By working quickly often with no lights for day scenes, we tried to take advantage of all the randomness and hopefully, there is a particular energy to our shots imparted by all the unpredictability" (14).

Friedberg: "The idea was to always let India to be India and to embrace odd circumstances or 'mistakes' as they happened. Aside from the train, we wanted the film to feel organic, even though most of the sets were carefully designed. And because Wes is such an analog person who would never use computer-generated imagery or anything like that, who likes handmade styles and traditional technologies, India was really the perfect place for him to work" (15)

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 Post subject: Re: Press kit notes
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 Post subject: Chicago Darjeeling Limited Release party
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Tea Gschwendner in Chicago is throwing a release party for The Darjeeling Limited, complete with Sitar music, Indian finger foods and darjeeling tea. There will be a $5 cover, although you can get in for free if you can find and bring the ad in the Columbia Chronicle for the event. There will also be raffle prizes which will be given out every 15 minutes (Fox Searchlight Studios is providing a variety of movie goodies to give away). Also, everyone that comes to this party will receive a free ticket to the pre-screening on Oct. 1, at the AMC theater on Illinois St. Dress like your favorite Wes Anderson character. Sat Sept 29th 2007 6-9pm


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