Wow. Vogue has run a series of Annie Leibovitz pictures showing the dramatis personae of Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark in full costume and masks. These are really going to get hate from some corners the hardcore but, to my eye, they look astonishing. Fully theatrical, large as life and almost electrically vivid. Striking like an iron fist to the jaw.
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There’s an article that goes along with the photographs, and it’s well worth a read. Here’s a couple of excerpts:
Taymor will be using all the weapons in her theatrical arsenal, from the low-tech (shadow puppets depict the death of Peter’s uncle Ben) to the high- (giant LED screens project mutant ne’er-do-wells wreaking havoc on world capitals).
In one sequence, the fisticuffs between Spider-Man and the Green Goblin atop the Chrysler Building lead to Spidey’s jumping off the ledge—and suddenly the scenery shifts to a forced perspective that makes us feel as if we are staring down the side of a skyscraper into the street. Next thing we know, Spider-Man and the Goblin are whizzing through the air over our heads, locked in mortal combat, landing on a platform attached to the first balcony.
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