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Shot on a mix of film and digital video, "Slumdog Millionaire" moves from shantytown slums to under-construction high-rises.
By Mark Olsen
December 10, 2008
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"How long have you got, and how can I best guide you in?" So begins a phone call with Anthony Dod Mantle, the British-born cinematographer of "Slumdog Millionaire" on the line from his longtime home in Copenhagen. This blend of adventuresome attitude with a diligent attentiveness may explain why he has forged an ongoing creative relationship with "Slumdog" director Danny Boyle, with whom he has also worked on "Millions" and "28 Days Later," as well as with such demanding directors as Lars von Trier and Thomas Vinterberg.
Shot on a mix of film and digital video, "Slumdog Millionaire" moves from shantytown slums to under-construction high-rises, capturing the tumult and change of Mumbai (formerly Bombay) as it follows the life of a young man desperate to fulfill his romantic destiny. The film's style -- which finds a way to include a Bollywood-style dance number with hundreds of extras during the closing credits -- is an exciting reflection of a specific time and place, as well as the camaraderie and collaboration between Boyle and Mantle. (This interview took place before the recent terrorist attack on Mumbai.)
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