Clipping the Thrill of Rush

Here are two hot clips from Ron Howard’s racing biopic, Rush, entering the TIFF before its Sept. 20 release: a flirty encounter between James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and Suzy Miller (Olivia Wilde) and an intro by Howard about the fierce ’70s Formula 1 rivalry between Hunt and Niki Lauda (Daniel Bruhl).

English playboy Hunt explains to Suzy that he’s no longer a bad boy and is under pressure to settle down and give up this dangerous game of chicken that he’s so good at.

Meanwhile, Howard informs us that the intense rivalry between Hunt and Lauda culminated in the ’76 race ┬áset against the glam backdrop of the cultural heyday. Judging from the footage, Rush looks to raise the bar with the help of new camera rigs used by cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle. We’ll have to wait and see how it stands up against Grand Prix and Le Mans. And, of course, the soundtrack is filled with such nostalgic delights as David Bowie’s “Fame,” Thin Lizzie’s “The Rocker,” and Steve Winwood’s “Gimme Some Lovin.”

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Cinematography, Clips, Festivals, Movies, Music, Tech, VFX, Virtual Production

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