Timecode

Overview

Director Mike Figgis helmed this ground-breaking experimental feature, filmed with four synchronized digital video cameras in four separate locations. The story, outlined in advance but otherwise improvised, was enacted in a single continuous take, like a stage play, with the unedited images from all four locations presented on the screen at once. Figgis and his crew chose the best single run-through, and the result is the film's final release version. The story focuses on four main characters around the casting ...
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Overview

Director Mike Figgis helmed this ground-breaking experimental feature, filmed with four synchronized digital video cameras in four separate locations. The story, outlined in advance but otherwise improvised, was enacted in a single continuous take, like a stage play, with the unedited images from all four locations presented on the screen at once. Figgis and his crew chose the best single run-through, and the result is the film's final release version. The story focuses on four main characters around the casting sessions for a film called Bitch of Louisiana to be directed by Lester Moore Richard Edson: Alex Green Stellan Skarsgard, the studio executive overseeing Moore's project; his wife Emma Saffron Burrows; gangster Lauren Hathaway Jeanne Tripplehorn; and her unfaithful lover Rose Salma Hayek. These characters' paths cross as murder, infidelity, and dirty dealings are interrupted by an earthquake and its aftershocks. Time Code 2000 also features Kyle MacLachlan, Holly Hunter, Julian Sands, Steven Weber, Danny Huston, Viveka Davis, and Laurie Metcalf.
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
An audacious experiment in real-time storytelling conducted by innovative director Mike Figgis Leaving Las Vegas, Timecode utilizes a talented ensemble cast in its full-scale assault on the conventions of cinematic narrative. The 97-minute story, shot with digital video cameras, consists of four sequences -- concurrently filmed without any breaks -- displayed on screen as equal quadrants. Nearly two-dozen principal players interact during the hour and a half, which unfolds in and around Hollywood. Aspiring bisexual actress Salma Hayek is having an affair with studio executive Stellan Skarsgaard; her jealous lesbian lover, businesswoman Jeanne Tripplehorn, suspects that something's up and determines to take action. Saffron Burrows appears as Skarsgaard's devastated wife, and Holly Hunter, Kyle MacLachlan, Steven Weber, Glenne Headly, Julian Sands, and Leslie Mann show up variously as actors, directors, and executives. Impeccably directed around improvised dialogue, Timecode is basically a soap opera, but one that's dazzling in its technical virtuosity.
All Movie Guide - Michael Hastings
Almost by default, Mike Figgis' audacious experiment with the powers of digital video is one of the director's better efforts. The design of the film -- four continuous takes, onscreen at once -- virtually guarantees that something interesting will be happening at least 25% of the time. At its best, there's too much to absorb in one sitting. Figgis' choice of improvisers, however, proves to be a mixed bag. Stellan Skarsgård and Holly Hunter shine in scenes which require them to be honest, sardonic, and even tragic; Julian Sands and Salma Hayek, meanwhile, show a heretofore unseen comic side. On the other hand, femme fatales Jeanne Tripplehorn and Saffron Burrows essentially twiddle their thumbs for much of the film and overact when they get the opportunity to say or do anything. For all its claims of "invention," Timecode is actually conventionally engrossing: with its simplistic plot -- involving infidelity and insensitivity at a slick Hollywood production company -- the overall result is like watching a juicy soap opera through four grainy surveillance cameras.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/27/2001
  • UPC: 043396055834
  • Original Release: 2000
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  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Xander Berkeley Evan Watz
Golden Brooks Onyx Richardson
Saffron Burrows Emma
Richard Edson Lester Moore
Salma Hayek Rose
Holly Hunter Executive
Kyle MacLachlan Scott "Bunny" Drysdale
Leslie Mann Cherine
Stellan Skarsgård Alex Green
Jeanne Tripplehorn Lauren Hathaway
Viveka Davis Victoria Cohen
Aimee Graham Sikh Nurse
Glenne Headly Therapist
Andrew Heckler Auditioning Actor
Holly Houston Alex's Assistant
Danny Huston Randy
Daphna Kaster Auditioning Actor
Patrick Kearney Drug House Owner
Elizabeth Low Penny
Mía Maestro Ana Pauls
Laurie Metcalf Dava Adair
Suzy Nakamura Connie Ling
Alessandro Nivola Joey Z
Zuleikha Robinson Lester's Assistant
Julian Sands Quentin
Steven Weber Darren Fetzer
Technical Credits
Mike Figgis Director, Score Composer, Cinematographer, Producer, Screenwriter
Dustin Bernard Producer
Donna Casey Costumes/Costume Designer
Tony Cucchiari Cinematographer
Phil Dupont Asst. Director
Jennifer Gentile Set Decoration/Design
Louise Hammar Musical Direction/Supervision
Rob Janiger Sound/Sound Designer
Amanda Mackey-Johnson Casting
Charlotte Malmlof Production Designer
Gary Scott Marcus Asst. Director, Producer
Anthony Marinelli Score Composer
James Wharton O'Keefe Cinematographer
Cathy Sandrich Casting
Annie Stewart Producer
Patrick Alexander Stewart Cinematographer
Jonathan Watson Asst. Director
Greg Zekowski Asst. Director
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