Where There's Smoke, There's Fire -- Online
Heralding the premiere of the ultimate Hollywood expose of the tobacco industry, Touchstone Pictures' ``The Insider'' Web site (www.theinsider-themovie.com) provides an in-depth look at this incredible true story of two ordinary men, a ``60 Minutes'' prod
Directed by Michael Mann of ``Heat,'' ``Miami Vice'' and ``Manhunter'' fame, ``The Insider'' arrives in theaters nationwide on Nov. 5. In advance of the film's theatrical release, Touchstone Pictures' ``The Insider'' Web site unveils the scandalous details of the film's plot through script excerpts, director's notes, dailies from the film, interviews, musical score samples and direct links to extensive reporting on the true-life events.
Touchstone Pictures' ``The Insider'' Web Site Overview
The dark intrigue of Touchstone Pictures' ``The Insider'' comes to life through its Web site, which features extensive interviews with members of the all-star cast including Al Pacino, Russell Crowe, Christopher Plummer, Diane Venora, Gina Gershon and Rip Torn. The interviews contain details on how the actors researched and ultimately embodied their distinct characters portrayed in the film.
The site depicts several crucial dramatic moments from the story, as the two leads fight to reveal one of the biggest public health issues confronting Americans today. Script excerpts scroll alongside still images from the film. Underlying these images and text are samples from the haunting and memorable movie soundtrack. The film's score includes Lisa Gerrard and Pieter Bourke's ``Sacrifice'' and ``Tempest,'' Massive Attack's ``Safe from Harm'' and Gustavo Santaolalla's ``Iguazu.''
A section of the site reveals Mann's technique by breaking down a single scene from the film. Mann's directing notes, notes to actors, dailies, script excerpts and the finished scene demonstrate the film's seamless design.
By delving deeper into the site, visitors uncover the details of the real-life controversy behind Touchstone Pictures' ``The Insider.'' The findings of numerous journalists are unveiled through direct links to the article on which the film was based, ``The Man Who Knew Too Much'' by Marie Brenner (originally published in ``Vanity Fair''), and the ``Journal of American Medical Association'' articles on the Brown and Williamson documents.
To fully appreciate the robust content on Touchstone Pictures' ``The Insider'' Web site, visitors should use a multimedia computer with a Pentium(tm) PC or Power PC processor, preloaded with Flash 3.0 or higher (Flash 4.0 preferred) and QuickTime(tm) 4.0. To heighten the viewing experience, the PC's display should be set at 800 X 600 resolution.
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