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Friday, October 07, 2005

Syriana - BlockBuster shot in Dubai

Watch the trailer of the film George Clooney and Matt Damon shot some scenes off in Dubai ... see if you can recognise some places ... I wonder if the film will ever make it here ;)

9 Comments:

  • am i being naive if i ask this:
    if the film was allowed to be shot here, wouldn't it be allowed to be screened?
    im thinking maybe a regional premiere during DIFF?

    By Blogger शक्ती, at October 7, 2005 at 11:00 PM  

  • No, i agree - most probably it will be shown. Yet -from what i see from the trailer- the movie seems to be about corrupt US government officials and corporates and their Arab counterparts ..

    However, it thats the case, i guess 'Big Brother' will remove any bit seen as "offensive" - the same way they removed any bits related to Kuwaitis and Saudis in the UAE showing of Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11

    By Blogger moryarti, at October 8, 2005 at 12:31 AM  

  • Don't forget to watch out for my sure-fire Oscar winning role of "Person in crowd at airport moving down escalator".

    Assuming I didn't end up on the cutting room floor, which given I'm not in shot until about five minutes after Clooney and Scaachi finish their dialogue, seems very bloody likely.

    By Blogger secretdubai, at October 8, 2005 at 1:58 AM  

  • Oscar winning role of "Person in crowd at airport moving down escalator".

    You'll always get my vote SD :)

    By Blogger moryarti, at October 8, 2005 at 8:55 AM  

  • I saw the trailer and theres seems to be a lot of no no stuff featuring some people whose name we shall not mention to protect the innocent(ie US).
    But do they have to show the whole script(did anyone even bother to read it)? Or did they only want to know if anyone was getting the jiggy wit it?

    By Blogger kaya, at October 9, 2005 at 9:54 AM  

  • The only thing i remember about the movie was the casting drive ... emails and sms were all over town for people to apply for walk-on roles.. (SD bagged the escalator part ;) )

    Nevertheless, its gonna be a movie i'd like to watch - Oh .. and does anyone know what does the word Syriana mean?

    By Blogger moryarti, at October 9, 2005 at 10:17 AM  

  • OOh yes Professore.He be the easy laid back guy and I be the ex hippy chick turned neurotic compulsive obsessive mom.
    Read any good crop circles lately?

    By Blogger kaya, at October 9, 2005 at 11:02 AM  

  • synopsis: From writer/director Stephen Gaghan, winner of the Best Screenplay Academy Award for Traffic, comes Syriana, a political thriller that unfolds against the intrigue of the global oil industry. From the players brokering back-room deals in Washington to the men toiling in the oil fields of the Persian Gulf, the film’s multiple storylines weave together to illuminate the human consequences of the fierce pursuit of wealth and power. As a career CIA operative (George Clooney) begins to uncover the disturbing truth about the work he has devoted his life to, an up-and-coming oil broker (Matt Damon) faces an unimaginable family tragedy and finds redemption in his partnership with an idealistic Gulf prince (Alexander Siddig). A corporate lawyer (Jeffrey Wright) faces a moral dilemma as he finesses the questionable merger of two powerful U.S. oil companies, while across the globe, a disenfranchised Pakistani teenager (Mazhar Munir) falls prey to the recruiting efforts of a charismatic cleric. Each plays their small part in the vast and complex system that powers the industry, unaware of the explosive impact their lives will have upon the world.
    This is a synopsis on the movie verbatim.
    Remember the 70's and those James Hadley Chase novels,where the SHEIKHS were also so sterotypical,wearing ambigous style kandooras,and those checkered head cloths,and saying YALLAH YALLAH every two minutes.One nevr knew where they were from.But now having lived in various parts of the middle east we have learned that each state has its individual style of kandoora and headgear.
    The trailer for SYRIANA shows the kandoora most commonly worn in UAE.
    Not having seen the movie,and from the synopsis what do they mean by "GULF PRINCE"?
    Methinks its the shape of things to come and its just wordplay(ie the title).Those boys in Washington are giving us a guided tour on a new state they are about to create.Like a freudian slip.

    By Blogger kaya, at October 9, 2005 at 1:03 PM  

  • me thinks there will be some major cutting and pasting to the film reel before it hits the screens in the UAE.

    By Blogger moryarti, at October 9, 2005 at 1:30 PM  

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