The camerawork in ‘Duplicity’ lovingly lingers on lavish lodgings

The Julia Roberts-Clive Owen spy caper Duplicity gets five stars for putting luxury hotels in the limelight.
The camera caresses so many over-the-top suites where the courting rivals passionately couple that the roosts could rate third billing. “Fantastic hotel rooms,” raved David Letterman during Roberts’ appearance on his show to promote the film.

Ritzy hotel bedrooms play an important role because they’re romantic and “the only time (the lead characters) have to be together is clandestine meetings in hotels,” Duplicity location manager Rob Striem says.

Review: Roberts and Owen shine in ‘Duplicity’

Duplicity” begins on July 4, 2003 at the U.S. Consolate. She is ex-CIA and he is M16. A power struggle between Claire, (Julie Roberts) and Ray, (Clive Owen) as they represent two competitive industry giants CEO Dick Garsick (Paul Gimatti) and rival CEO Howard Tully (Tom Wilkinson).

Both CEOs attempt to outsmart each other in a plan to acquire the molecular formula to a product that is supposed to bring millions of dollars to the company and its shareholders.

No holds barred in this open playing field steeped with counter-intelligence, encryption, hacking, security cameras, bugs, wiretaps and even secret devices placed in select photocopy machines designed to transmit the stolen information.

Vanity Fair Italy English Translation Interview

Big thanks to cinzia 81 for the amazing translation for the interview of Clive on Vanity Fair Italy.

I’m the last wheel of the cart

Tough is tough (watch his last two movies to see that). Sexy is sexy (just ask Angelina, Monica and Julia to believe it). So, why he let his three girls say that he is “pathetic”?

In the first frame of The International Clive Owen has three deep wrinkles in the middle of his eyes. If he were an actress someone would have already filled them with botox but he’s a man an the wrinkle are all at their place. A man, for how handome (and believe me, He is) can allow himself to have this “highway” effect on his nose.

When the mugshot end, we can’t stay here to think about this movie (and life) injustices. Tom Tywer’s Movie – the german director who ten years ago directet Run, Lola, Run – speeds away. This is a contemporary story in an almost sinister way. It talks about financial crimes, corrupted bankers, wheapon trafficking. Owen (who is an interpool agent who catch the bad guys) flies from Berlino to New York, from Lione to Milan, from the Iseo Lake to Instambul.

It would be for the scenario (Pirellone, Corduzio Plaza, Central Station, Corso Italia) The International is the less romantic movie of this last decade. Clive has a partner in his mission (Naomi Watts) but they will never gave neither e little kiss. The peack of intimity they share is an elevetor scene where she told him: “You look awful”. There will be more galantery, sex scenes and malice in the other upcoming Clive movie, Duplicity: another thriller this time, about industrial spying) with Julia Roberts. Some scenes of this movie has been shooted in Italy too but, being in Rome and not in Milan, there’s a little bit of romance here.

These two movie are very similar. To be honest it isn’t a good idea that they will be released almost togheter. “I know”, sigh Clive Owen sitting once for all on a chair at Soho Hotel in London. He will stay on this chair for an hour, the time it lasted our interview, pratically without moving neither a little.

“It shouldn’t have to be happend but these are hard times for cinema too. Last year writer’s strike. Slow productions. Things like that have created this sort of blockage”.

Deep and sexy voice, a shirt white as his theets,Clive Owen struggle to seems “normal”: lovely father, an actor without inner torments, celebrity without excess. There is ony one thread who make him enthusiast: soccer. He is the perfect man like that little models we all have in ours rooms.

So there is the crisis also for you who works in cinema. They are going to cut your pay?
They already started. By the way, they produce less and don’t take risks. A lot of sequel, many variations on the same models. An innovative and genial director, nowadays will find each door close.

Clive Owen ‘Duplicity’ & ‘The International’ Interview Videos & Captures

I’ve uploaded all the video interviews of Clive promoting ‘Duplicity’ & ‘The International’ with many captures to the gallery & media vault. Enjoy!

– Captures: GMTV ‘Duplicity’ 2009
– Captures: Sky News ‘Duplicity’ 2009
– Captures: Sky News ‘The International’ 2009

Clive Owen on Sky News – The International 2009
Clive Owen on GMTV 2009
Clive Owen on Sky News – Duplicity 2009

Corporate Dirty Tricks And Romance In ‘Duplicity’

The only thing you can trust about Duplicity is its title. It’s a throwback to the days of old school caper movies like To Catch A Thief.

It’s also just the kind of sophisticated amusement you would expect from filmmaker Tony Gilroy, who wrote the Bourne films and made his directorial debut with Michael Clayton.

In Duplicity, he has done a lighter-side version of the latter: Back we go to the dog-eat-dog world of corporate malfeasance and industrial espionage. Only this time, it’s played for laughs and romance.

‘Duplicity’ A Golden Globe Consideration?

Prior to the release of “Duplicity,” award watchers had to wonder if Julia Roberts suffered from the Oscar Curse. You know, win an Oscar, then disappear — at least from significance. (We’re talking about you, Helen Hunt and Cuba Gooding Jr.) The Academy Award champ for “Erin Brockovich” hasn’t made many movies of importance in recent years. “Charlie Wilson’s War” and “The Closer” showed great early awards promise but fizzled at the Oscars, making us wonder if Julia Roberts was burning out as superstar.

“Duplicity” looks like a comeback of sorts for Julia Roberts. It’s a box-office hit getting mixed to terrific reviews, making us wonder next: Is this just a throwaway thriller that won’t matter much on the kudos scene (like the “Bourne” flicks, which “Duplicity” scribe Tony Gilroy penned) or one of the rare gems of that genre that succeed at the Oscars and Golden Globes (like “Michael Clayton,” which Gilroy also wrote and directed)?