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Amelie (2001)


Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet (in English) Rating:7.7/10 (18 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by Brian Thibodeau on May 3rd, 2004:Find all reviews by Brian Thibodeau
Jean-Pierre Jeunet, whose love for cinema and whose awareness of the masturbatory nature of DVD commentary tracks are very much in evidence on this track does an interesting take on the "this is my favourite scene" chestnut by claiming several absolute favourties during his commentary to the wonderful Amelie. At first, you think he's contradicting himself, until about the fourth time when you realize he's winking at you by tweaking a popular commentary conceit. Ah, da Fronsh. Dey are so clevharr (please note my last name; I'm being silly). It's clear the man has a genuine affection for the cinema from this track, and is quite talkative, varied, and open about many of the techniques he used to achieve the film's digitally-enhanced look. A very insightful commentary to a very charming film, nicely complemented by the AFI interview also included in the set.
Reviewed by TommyT on May 21st, 2007:Find all reviews by TommyT
Jeunet's a lot of fun to listen to! Quite a lot about the film that I wouldn't have known if I hadn't listened to his track. I'd still like to know where that lock is on the canal when Amelie is skipping stones...
Reviewed by badge on January 24th, 2010:Find all reviews by badge
This has got to be one of the most amusing solo commentaries I've ever heard. Maybe it's Jeunet's thick accent that does it (he begins by saying that his English is not so good - don't believe it, he's very articulate). It's great to listen to a commentary that is very scene specific - Jeunet finds something to say about every setup, whether it's about the acting, the camerawork, the inspiration, etc. And the guy is so in love with everything - "I love this sound effect"; "I love this train station"; "I love girls in big shoes" - that you can't help but smile. The spirit of the commentary is a perfect echo of the film itself - it feels like the director is sitting a table chatting away conversationally, but with plenty of interesting stuff to say.
Commentary 2: Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet (in French) Rating:7.2/10 (5 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review