From Cannes sensation to six-time Oscar nominee, Todd Haynes’ sublime romance “Carol” was one of last year’s most acclaimed darlings. The film is hitting DVD and Blu-ray shelves today, and Indiewire is excited to debut an exclusive featurette with Haynes and his extraordinary cast.
Based on the Patricia Highsmith novel “The Price of Salt,” the film chronicles the blossoming romance between two women in 1950’s New York City, one a married housewife (two-time Oscar winner Cate Blanchett) and the other a lonely department store worker (Rooney Mara). Sarah Paulson, Kyle Chandler and Jake Lacy also star.
In the featurette above, Blanchett, Paulson and Haynes talk about shooting the film using 16mm cameras in order to not only preserve the grainy look of celluloid, but also to achieve a hyperrealism that was new to the director’s aesthetic. Blanchett also reflects on Haynes’ evocative use of reflections.
“It’s a very subtle, delicate aesthetic that Todd is working with. The atmosphere is palpable,” she says in the clip. “All those beautiful reflections, so you have a papal landscape, but it’s reflected by all the iconography of the 1950’s. It’s almost like a pale, ghostly shadow to what’s going on in the rich interior life of the characters. They often recede within the reflection of the society in which they’re inhabiting.”
“Carol” is now available on Blu-ray and DVD.