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Day for Night: The Making of 'Insomnia' (2002)

A very brief making-of documentary featuring interviews with a few cast members and filmmakers. Learn about how this movie came to be, and why it was remade from another film that was only four years old at the time.


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Credited cast:
Christopher Nolan ... Himself
Steven Soderbergh ... Himself
Hilary Swank ... Herself
Robin Williams ... Himself


This made-for-DVD documentary details the work that went into the 2002 production of Insomnia, Christopher Nolan's thriller about a murder investigation in the land of the midnight sun. Mystery fans are treated to a behind-the-scenes look at the making of this Steven Soderbergh-produced remake of the 1997 Norwegian film of the same name, as well as to interviews with the director and stars Robin Williams and Hillary Swank, who give their insights into the efforts that were needed to bring this project to completion. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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1.33 : 1
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16 July 2017 | by TBJCSKCNRRQTreviewsSee all my reviews

This is found on my library's copy of Insomnia. It's 8 minutes long, and consists of film clips, interviews with cast and crew and behind the scenes footage. Brief, it touches upon a lot of topics, many of them only for a very short time. Everyone has something to add, and comes across as understanding the material.

They go into remaking the original. It starting as a whodunit which becomes a how- and why-dunit. Being Hitchcockian. His biological clock being messed up by the lack of nights. The ever-present light, things going on in the background. Conveying being tired without that rubbing off on the audience. How subjective the story is. Putting the viewer inside his head. Meeting Al for the first time. How he gives to who he works with. Casting Robin(RIP) against type. His choice not to go for a Peter Lorre, as it would have had to be consistent throughout. The psychological game between Will and Walter. Using the normal for creepy. Shades of grey. Following a man's conscience as his mind deteriorates through stress factors. Making disturbing features.

I recommend this to anyone who wants to know more about the picture. 7/10

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