Domino - Watched Tony Scott's film Domino and was thunderstruck. From a cinematography perspective, this was a huge risk. Lots of experimentation with film processing, hand cranking the camera, double exposures, etc. From DVD extras, it sounds like poor Director of Photography Daniel Mindel lived in fear every day that footage would be lost in the experiments.
But those risks in cinematography reflect the risks of the story and its main character, the real-life beauty, model, and bounty hunter Domino Harvey, portrayed by Keira Knightley.
Born of privilege, Domino Harvey was a rebellious youth who turned to bounty hunting by chance after seeing an advertisement for a bounty hunting class. Working out of Los Angeles, Tony Scott and the film's producers caught wind of the story and became acquainted with the young woman. After 10 or 12 years, the movie was made.
Sadly, not long before the movie's release, Domino Harvey died. The DVD account says she died of a heart attack. From the coroner's report, that's technically true, but leaves out the fact that a drug overdose led to that condition. Domino was 35.
I doubt that Domino Harvey would have appreciated such liberties. Indeed, some reports say she was growing very unhappy with how her story was being portrayed by the film.
Keira Knightley was fantastic and quite convincing in the role. For such a beauty to play this part....I was a bit shocked at first at seeing her in the role. But the girl can act, and her portrayal proves it.
Mickey Rourke also shined -- perfect casting for this beaten-up (literally) former leading man.
Domino Harvey Links
- The life and death of Domino Harvey | Features | Guardian Unlimited Film
- Domino Harvey - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
- The Sad Fall Of Domino Harvey - October 12, 2005
- A Lust for Life and Danger - New York Times
|Domino - Starring: Keira Knightley, Mickey Rourke; Director: Tony Scott