The Making of Life of Pi: A Film, a Journey by Jean-Christophe CastelliThe 3-D motion picture version of Yann Martels Man Booker Prize-winning bestseller Life of Pi is the most ambitious film project to date from Academy Award-winning director Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain; Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon). The Making of Life of Pi: A Film, A Journey is a beautifully illustrated, graphically compelling, behind-the-scenes look at the creation of a film that is destined to be a classic. Written by John Christophe-Castelli, with a foreword by Yann Martel and an introduction by Ang Lee, The Making of Life of Pi is a must-have volume for every true film buff, offering entertaining text and breathtaking visuals, while providing a fascinating close-up look at the unique approach to filmmaking of one of todays most influential directors.
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Ang Lee's "Life of Pi" is a miraculous achievement of storytelling and a landmark of visual mastery. Inspired by a worldwide best-seller that many readers must have assumed was unfilmable, it is a triumph over its difficulties. It is also a moving spiritual achievement, a movie whose title could have been shortened to "life. The story involves the days that its teenage hero spends drifting across the Pacific in a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger. They find themselves in the same boat after an amusing and colorful prologue, which in itself could have been enlarged into an exciting family film. Then it expands into a parable of survival, acceptance and adaptation.
Life of Pi is a 3D fantasy adventure film directed by Ang Lee and written by David Magee, based on the novel of the same name written by author Yann Martel. The film was released on November 21, Pi tells Yann his life story. In a flashback, Pi's father named him Piscine Molitor after a swimming pool in France. Pi's family owned a zoo, and Pi took great interest in the animals, especially a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker. When Pi tries feeding Richard Parker through the cage bars, his enraged father runs in and tells him that Richard Parker is dangerous and would kill him if it had the chance, and so his father forces Pi to witness Richard Parker killing a goat to prove his point. Pi is raised Hindu and vegetarian, but at 12 years old, he is introduced to Christianity and then Islam, and decides to follow all three religions as he "just wants to love God".
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Hit the jump for my review. While the marketing for Life of Pi has focused on the exotic aspects of both the look of the film and its amazing story, the movie itself is a much broader experience. Life of Pi opens with an extended credit sequence that serves to introduce a variety of animals seen in the film, as well as establishing the rich, vividly colorful palette that Lee uses throughout the picture. It also achieves the effect of transitioning an audience into a more patient and peaceful state of mind, almost like a brief meditation session. I found this to be very refreshing once I settled into it, because so few films these days allow the audience to just enjoy the moment. The framework of Life of Pi is actually a story within a story. While this story in itself is entertaining, it serves a secondary purpose of easing the listeners in to the tone and rhythm of the storyteller, while also gaining their trust.