Sin City. City of sin. City of pleasure.
The movie is based on the Sin City series of comics by Frank Miller. Being more concrete: “The Hard Goodbye,” “The Big Fat Kill” and “That Yellow Bastard” as well as the short “The Customer is Always Right”.
The stories are: A man who spends the night with a woman who the next morning appears murdered next to him in bed, a man that helps his girlfriend with some bullies with the help from the whores of the city and they get into trouble, a police officer that was convicted for an atrocious crime that he didn’t commit…. All these stories find place in Sin City.
- Why should you watch this movie?
If you ever wanted to watch a movie based on a comic that is 100% faithful, this is your movie. Not only are the stories interesting, but the movie is 100% faithful to the comic in many senses: plot, dialogue, scenery, screen colors…. As it’s director said, it’s not an adaptation but a translation, and what a translation. If you read the comics, you will feel that i’s a masterpiece, and it really was at that time.
The technique they used to film received many awards. They have maintained the comics style: all in black and white with some colors sometimes, mainly red and yellow. Really cool! Furthermore, there is the dialogue. The dialogue is 100% the comic. And the actors, they really play cool their characters, some make up really transformed them (in some cases).
Here some examples of the comparison between the comic and the movie:
– The opening credits were made with some of Robert Rodriguez’s choices for the characters before any were cast.
– This was one of several films around the world to be shot on a completely “digital backlot” (i.e. with all the acting shot in front of a green screen and the backgrounds added during post-production). While the other movies (Immortel (ad itam) (2004), Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004), and Casshern (2004) – two of which were shot on film) were shot first, this movie’s use of High-Definition digital cameras (like “Sky Captain”) in addition to the “backlot” method makes Sin City one of the world’s first “fully digital” live action motion pictures.
– While the three stories in the film are based on “The Hard Goodbye,” “The Big Fat Kill” and “That Yellow Bastard” as well as the short “The Customer is Always Right” there is a very brief scene taken from the story “A Dame to Kill For,” in which Dwight (Clive Owen) thinks in a voice over in Kadie’s Bar how Marv “would have been okay if he’d been born a couple of thousand years ago.”
– Despite appearing in all three of the major stories, Brittany Murphy filmed all of her scenes in one day. – Robert Rodriguez scored Kill Bill. Volume 2 (2004) for $1. Quentin Tarantino said he would repay him by directing a segment of this movie for $1. Tarantino, a vocal proponent of film-over-digital, has said that he was curious to get hands-on experience with the HD cameras which Rodriguez lauds. When asked about his experience, Tarantino merely replied, “Mission Accomplished.”
– Guest director Quentin Tarantino directed the scene involving Dwight (Clive Owen) and Jackie Boy (Benicio Del Toro) in the front of the car, before Dwight is pulled over by a police officer. – Jessica Alba did not know how racy the images of her character Nancy were in the comic until after she signed on for the film. The script originally had several nude scenes for the character, but Alba refused to do any nudity. Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller didn’t think it was important for there to be nudity, so they didn’t care.
– Robert Rodriguez has said that he does not consider this movie to be an adaptation so much as a translation. This is why there is no screenwriting in the credits. The only mention of writing is Frank Miller as the creator of the graphic novels.
– According to Robert Rodriguez’s commentary, the scourging sequence between Yellow Bastard and Nancy Callahan was originally shot faithful to the comic book: considerably longer and more graphic than what appears in the final cut or the extended edition. Rodriguez stated that the torture segment was crossing the bounds of bad taste, even for Sin City
– Jessica Alba went to strip clubs as a part of her research for her character. However, she said that it didn’t help because all the pro-strippers were doing “is trying to get tips”.
– Counting only blows to the head or face, Marv is struck 21 times through the course of the movie. – When John Hartigan (Bruce Willis) comes into Kadie’s Bar, Shellie (Brittany Murphy) is carrying a bottle of “Chango beer”. This is the same fictional brand used in other Robert Rodriguez movies, including Desperado (1995) and From Dusk til Dawn (1996).
– Originally the film was going to include the story featured in the “Sin City” maxi-series “Hell And Back”, with Johnny Depp in the lead role as Wallace. This was scrapped before production began but will most likely be filmed for a sequel, as Robert Rodriguez plans to film all of Miller’s stories at some point.
– “The Customer is Always Right” sequence at the beginning of the film was actually filmed before Frank Miller had completely agreed to let Robert Rodriguez make the movie. Josh Hartnett and Marley Shelton came in and filmed their scenes in one day in front of a green screen in order to show Miller that it could be done in a way that complimented the graphic novels.
– Both Nancy (Jessica Alba) and Wendy (Jaime King) drive cars with the license plates “LEV 311”. Frank Miller often puts this in his various stories for “favourite girl” character in that story. The number is a nod to his wife and frequent collaborator Lynn Varley, whose birthday is March 11th.
– With the exception of “The Customer is Always Right,” at some point during each segment the narrator says the name of the story as part of the dialog.
– Directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller planned each shot in the movie by using the panels from the original book as storyboard.
– Although the action happens in the fictional Basin City, a replica of New York’s Chrysler Building can be seen in the background when Marv is running by the rooftops.
– Although the grand majority of the movie was shot against green-screen, there were four practical (i.e. hand-built) sets created:
- Kadie’s bar
- Shellie’s apartment
- Hatigan’s prison cell
- the hospital in the epilogue.
I cannot wait for the sequel: “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For”. As I always say, Eva green is always worth it!! Here the trailer: