Blogging about two ensemble movies, The Women and The Jane Austen Book Club, got me thinking about my favorite ensemble film of all time, The Big Chill (1983). . Every character is pitch perfect and their chemistry together and their improvised jokes sell the idea that these people really have known each other forever. Writer-director, Lawrence Kasdan rented houses in a remote resort community in South Carolina in the off season. The cast members had nothing to do for a month but rehearse their parts, improv and hang out together building a rapport. Kasdan filmed most of the movie in one location which allowed them to do all the scenes in chronological order, a rare thing in the film industry. The basic premise is that a group of college friends gathers for a funeral of Alex, a character we never see except as a corpse at the beginning of the movie. Alex's girlfriend, (Meg Tilly above, left) is the one person that is not a Baby Boomer.
To talk about the movie in depth, I've decided to try something new for Cinema OCD, a pic spam. (Click here to see Part One, which I posted in my livejournal rather than make my whole blog really hard to load.)
Bridget Jones's Dairy (2001)
7 years ago