Saturday, August 6, 2016

New Interview of Jamie with Eye for Film

Eye For Film - At Bleecker Street's Anthropoid première in New York with Cillian Murphy, Jamie Dornan, Anna Geislerová, Charlotte Le Bon and director Sean Ellis - attended by Pico Alexander, Christian Campbell, America Olivo, Pia Glenn, Christine Jansing, Laura Michelle Kelly, Michael Mailer, Jason Mann, Thomas Matthews and Dan Abrams - I spoke with the very busy actors.

Sean Ellis's Anthropoid is "based on actual events" and focuses on Josef Gab?ík (Cillian Murphy) and Jan Kubiš (Jamie Dornan), two of the men parachuted into Czechoslovakia from England by a Royal Air Force plane to prepare for the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich (Detlef Bothe). There they contact the small remaining band of resistance fighters, headed by Toby Jones as Uncle Hajský. Mrs. Moravec (Alena Mihulová) is the landlady who gives Jan and Josef shelter. She has a lanky, brave, violinist son At'a (Bill Milner).

Charlotte Le Bon as Marie and Anna Geislerová as Lenka at the New Year's Eve dance into 1942, an event packed with Nazis, are reprimanded by their dates, Gabcík and Kubiš, for looking too pretty. "Lipstick gets you noticed … and gets us shot." says Josef. The two girls who started out as beards soon turn into love interests. Marie confides to Jan on one of their outings: "I don't know what I'm doing." To which he responds, "You're doing fine."

Operation Anthropoid was the code name given to the mission to assassinate Heydrich, then the acting Protector of Bohemia and Moravia, nicknamed the "Butcher of Prague." Heydrich, one of the highest-ranking Nazi officials, had been chairing the Wannsee Conference in January 1942 where the "Final Solution" was set into motion.

Anne-Katrin Titze: You are playing a real-life hero, a very impressive man. How much research did you do?

JD: A lot. You know, I feel it's one of the lesser known events during the Second World War. I didn't know anything about it. But there is still plenty of information you can find. I think both Cillian and I had a good grip on who these guys were and why they find themselves in the position they did and why they responded the way they did.

They were very different characters, you know, and hopefully that comes across in the film. I find it very relatable in terms of the vulnerability and the panic that would set in for a normal person in such an abnormal situation. They are true heroes but they are true heroes because they are just young men. They respond the way any of us would. There is nothing superhero about them. And that's why I think that story in itself is so relatable.

Director/cinematographer/co-writer Sean Ellis had a very specific way of working.

JD: I have worked with directors who didn't even have story boards. Sean took it to a whole other level. He had figurines of us doing each action. He lit them in a way that he wanted to light them on the day. The attention to detail was incredible. It's very rare with filmmakers these days. I'd never experienced that before.

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