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Italian cinematographer Vittorio Storaro has been nominated for four Oscars and has won three times for “Apocalypse Now,” “Reds,” and “The Last Emperor.” His work has spanned nearly six decades has defined the great works by Francis Ford Coppola, Warren Beatty, Bernardo Bertolucci, and, most recently, Woody Allen.
Storaro was behind the camera for Allen’s “Café Society,” where his cinematography earned the biggest raves from critics reviewing the film. He’s re-teamed with Allen for “Wonder Wheel,” in theaters this December, and is currently in New York City filming the director’s next film, starring Elle Fanning, Selena Gomez, and Timothée Chalamet.
Amazon Studios has debuted the first “Wonder Wheel” trailer, and to say it’s absolutely gorgeous would be an understatement. Regardless how the film turns out, it’s safe to say it’ll be another Storaro jaw-dropper. Click through the gallery for the best shots.
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“Wonder Wheel” is set amid the hustle and bustle of the Coney Island amusement park in the 1950s. Justin Timberlake’s lifeguard serves as our narrator.
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Justin Timberlake plays Mickey, a handsome young lifeguard who dreams of becoming a playwright.
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Storaro has heightened the saturation of the colors so that the blues, reds, and yellows of the boardwalk really pop. Here we see the amusement park ride from which the movie gets its title.
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Juno Temple stars as Carolina, the long-estranged daughter of Jim Belushi’s character. She comes to Coney Island in order to hide out from gangsters at her father’s apartment. We hear numerous times throuhgout the trailer that Carolina is a “marked woman.”
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Kate Winslet is Allen’s leading lady and the film’s major shot at an Oscar nomination. The actress plays Ginny, an emotionally volatile former actress now working as a waitress in a clam house on the boardwalk.
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Jim Belushi is Kate Winslet’s better half, a rough-hewn carousel operator named Humpty. The arrival of the daughter he never knew he had causes a riff in his marriage to Ginny.
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Winslet was set to work with Allen 12 years ago on “Match Point,” but the director cast Scarlett Johansson due to conflicts in Winslet’s schedule. “Wonder Wheel” marks the first collaboration between Winslet and Allen.
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Vittorio Storaro channels “In the Mood for Love” with this neon red bedroom lighting.
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Winslet’s character must decide whether or not to help hide Ginny from the gangsters who have arrived in Coney Island. The decision won’t do any favors to her volatile personality.
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Temple last appeared on HBO’s short-lived drama series “Vinyl.” “Wonder Wheel” also marks her first pairing with Woody Allen.
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Storaro relied on golden light for much of the Hollywood-set “Cafe Society,” and his work on “Wonder Wheel” looks like a major departure from that style.
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The emotional stakes of her husband’s estranged daughter and a couple of gangsters looking to kill her proves too much for Ginny. The arc should give Winslet a lot of material to play with.
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Winslet won the Ocsar in 2009 for Best Actress thanks to her role in “The Reader.” She has been nominated for seven Academy Awards, most recently for her supporting role in “Steve Jobs.”
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Timberlake’s character seems to know a dark secret about Ginny. Expect their relationship to be a foil to Ginny’s marriage.
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The trailer ends on this blue beauty of a shot. “Wonder Wheel” opens in select theaters December 1, courtesy of Amazon Studios.