THE TRUTH ABOUT CHARLIE
About The Production (Continued)
crew included two of his most valued collaborators, director of photography
Tak Fujimoto, who has shot most of the director's films since starting out
together in 1974, and editor Carol Littleton who cut Swimming to Cambodia and
Beloved. He chose Academy AwardÂ®-winner Rachel Portman (Emma), who
wrote the score for Beloved, as his composer. Joining his team for the
first time were production designer Hugo Luczyc-Wyhowski and costumer designer
crew was primarily French. "It was exciting to work with an all French
crew," he said. "Everybody on the crew reads the script, everyone is
a cineaste, everyone has an opinion, and it creates an incredible camaraderie
on the set that adds to the creative mix, to the sense of immediacy and
excitement in filming."
Filming began with
scenes inside the French Police Headquarters Interrogation Room, then moved to
Avenue Bosquet in the Seventh Arrondissement for
interiors of Reggie and Charlie's apartment. The company's
next stop was Place de Ia Concorde for Reggie's
initial encounter with Mr. Bartholomew while
riding the Millenium Wheel.
Several scenes inside
Reggie's Hotel Langlois bedroom and bathroom were shot on studio sets. Back on
the streets, the unit filmed at the labyrinthine flea market in the city's
Clignancourt district, then shot exteriors of Reggie and Charlie's apartment
on Rue Greuze in the fashionable 16th Arrondissement.
The unit shot exteriors
in Montmartre and moved afterwards to the Gare du Nord, filming inside the
Eurostar train when Reggie tries to flee the city. Scenes were also filmed at
Charles de Gaulle Airport, underneath the Arc de Triomphe.
The Hotel des Crois6s
(Hotel of the Crusades) on Rue St. Lazare provided the exterior, main lobby and
stairwells for the film's many important Hotel Langlois scenes. The movie
hotel is named in honor of Henri Langlois, creator of the legendary Cin6mathdque
Franqaise, "the church where the original New Wave filmmakers reportedly
gathered to worship cinema." After filming, the owners of the Hotel des
Crois~s actually changed the official name to the Hotel Langlois! The movie
company donated the Hotel Langlois marquee constructed by the art department to
the Hotel's appreciative -and cinema-loving - owners.
Scenes were also filmed
on Boulevard St. Germain and on Rue des Rosiers.
"We wanted the
geography of the scenes to be a bit confusing, like the story, like the maze
that Reggie's caught in," said production designer Hugo Luczyc-Wyhowski,
"and we wanted to show Paris as something other than just a beautiful
place. We wanted things to be real but we also wanted a kind of heightened
"We tried to use
locations that were interesting graphically, that contributed to the camera
movement. We shot in a lot of corridors. For the second police investigation we
shot in a 19th century corridor in the
Gare du Nord and this contrasted to the corridor we shot in underneath the Arc
de Triomphe traffic circle in which Reggie is led to the morgue where she has to
identify Charlie's body.
was to throw away the rule book and get back to being playful," the
production designer said.
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