25 Nov 2015
Behind the Scene and other Major Plot Points
John Crowley divided the movie into three different visual movements. The first movement is before Eilis leaves post-war Ireland and is with tight frames and filled with green tones. The color scheme was created by photographic reference of the time. The second movement begins when Eilis leaves for Brooklyn and the first proper wide shot is featured, while the colors become more playful as a nod to how America in 1952 was on the cusp of pop culture kicking off. The third movement is back in Ireland, brighter, more glamour and “subtly more colorful” than the first movement. Crowley wanted to showcase Eilis has changed and looks very different: “There is a slight dreamy quality to that last third,” he says.
Actually Shot in
The city of Brooklyn in the film was actually shot in Montreal for budgeting reasons, as the production was unable to turn 2015 Brooklyn back to 1950s Brooklyn. Only two days of production were spent in Brooklyn, one in order to create the brownstone exterior shots and a second to film at Coney Island.
Comparison with Marlon Brando
Several reviews compared Emory Cohen in this film to a young Marlon Brando. In reality, Cohen based his character of Tony on various sources, including Brando, but also the film Bicycle Thieves (1948), a couple of his uncles who work as electricians and from pets; “I thought about Tony as a dog. That’s where a lot of that physical stuff came from” he said.
For the close-up and other scenes
For the close-up scenes of Saoirse Ronan, cinematographer Yves Bélanger placed individual lanterns for her eyes in order to add a sparkle to their reflections. Bélanger also used an Alexa hand-held camera and a combination of studio and natural lights to capture a more real and personal depiction of the 1950s
Beach used in the film
The Irish beach scenes were filmed at Curracloe Strand. The location was also used for the filming of the D-Day sequence in Saving Private Ryan (1998).
Saoirse Ronan herself was born in The Bronx, New York, but raised in Ireland to Irish parents. She considers ‘Brooklyn’ to be one of her most personal films and it marks the first time she plays an Irish character in a film. (In The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) she spoke with an Irish accent but played a citizen of a generic fictitious European country.) In an interview with David Poland she expressed her concern with taking the role:”I felt like I can’t mess this up, because all of Ireland will be watching. I felt a huge responsibility to the country to really capture what the story was.” However, she said the warm reception at the Sundance Film Festival made her realize the universal essence of the film.
Author’s inspiration for the film
Irish author Colm Tóibín’s idea for the novel came from a child memory, in which he overheard a woman talk about her young daughter’s move from Enniscorthy to Brooklyn. In 2000 he wrote a short story about this memory, but expanded it to a novel years later, after living in United States himself, as well as teaching literary courses, where he said he was inspired by Jane Austen’s “method of examining a single psychology, using an introspective, sensitive heroine, some comic characters and some romance.
Received a standing ovation when it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.
Harry Potter actors
Although they never share a scene together in this movie, this is the second collaboration between Domhnall Gleeson and Julie Walters. He played Bill Weasley in the Harry Potter movies and she played his mother, Molly Weasley.
RT/Meta Critic Review
I could have hung out with everyone in Brooklyn for hours: It’s a world you won’t want to leave.(click here to see)