In his review, David Stratton wrote that the docu "goes behind the scenes of the sometimes troubled production" with "most satisfying results. In an unusual approach, helmer Sarah Kelly involves just about all sections of the crew, not only the above-the-line talent.
In his review, David Stratton wrote that the docu “goes behind the scenes of the sometimes troubled production” with “most satisfying results. In an unusual approach, helmer Sarah Kelly involves just about all sections of the crew, not only the above-the-line talent. Rarely has a docu of this sort afforded such a candid and generous depiction of the unique experience of shooting a film. ‘Full Tilt Boogie’ has cult written all over it, and Miramax should certainly find a theatrical niche for the docu, which will have a lengthy ancillary life.
“On the set, Kelly talks first to a couple of the film’s assistant directors (one, a former Universal Studios tour guide, notes that he ‘just wants to give the director what she wants’). The personal assistants to (George) Clooney and (Quentin) Tarantino reveal their role is to look after their employers’ personal lives — do the shopping, answer phone calls, etc. Clooney’s assistant, Amy Cohen, complains, ‘I hate going to Taco Bell for him.’
“Kelly also covers the fact that this non-union shoot is threatened by an IATSE strike; she and her crew head to the union’s convention in Miami to get rep Lyle Trachtenberg’s side of the story, but he refuses to talk on camera. Producer Lawrence Bender explains why he has determined that the shoot be non-union, while Daily Variety‘s Dan Cox asserts that no one from the production would talk to him on the subject for a story he was writing.
” ‘Full Tilt Boogie’ is an infectiously enjoyable look at the complexities of filmmaking and the close relationships that develop on a film set. Those in the trade will enjoy it, and there’s a wider audience, too, for pic’s insight into the characters of such hot industry figures as Tarantino, Rodriguez and Clooney.”