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"Night Watch": It's Not Just a Painting Anymore

"Night Watch" is the film many of us have been waiting for since first hearing about it. Even before the trailers became available and the time-compressed version of it began popping up all over the Internet, there was more than a hint that this might be the beginning of something big--and I'm not just referring to the fact that it's the first film in a trilogy or that it's earned Quentin Tarantino's endorsement. These things don't hurt, but add to them the fact that it's Russian, and the "something big" factor goes through the roof.

This is the country, after all, that has given us "Boris Godunov" and the films of Andrei Tarkovsky. The Russians have given us "Crime and Punishment," "War and Peace," and probably several other conjuntive book titles. They simply don't have a long history of serving things up small. I hate to apply too much pressure to the "Night Watch" filmmakers, but there's a lot to live up to.

Oh, and if you're curious why I'm prattling on about this film, it's mostly because The Horror Channel has done a snazzy write-up about why the American release is even better than the Russian one. Apparently even the subtitles are cool. We'll find out when the film hits American theaters beginning Feb. 17. ("Day Watch," part two of the trilogy, was just released in Russia, so stay tuned for information on that in the future--especially if I end up liking "Night Watch" as much as I'm hoping to.--Pete Mesling

Posted by Pete on February 9, 2006 10:37 PM
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