‘K-19’ surfaces

Bigelow: Russian accents 'a coloration,' completes mise en scene

Guests who braved the oppressive humidity July 17 for the preem of Par’s “K-19: The Widowmaker” couldn’t help but feel like submariners themselves.

But National Geographic execs Rick Allen, Tim Kelly and Christine Whitaker — whose org produced the TV doc upon which the film is based — were only too happy to come out and represent the pic.

“We’re sitting on a lot of great stories like this,” Kelly said. “This move into features is an easy transition for us.”

“I think it’s important to combine spectacle with a conscience,” said helmer Kathryn Bigelow, who spent more than five years putting the movie together.

As for the topic of Russian accents, Bigelow said too much fuss was being made about it. “It’s just a coloration and a way to complete the mise en scene,” she explained. “Also you have actors from all over the world and in an effort to neutralize it, we created what we call ‘K-19 speak.'”

Pic’s unspooling was preceded by a PSA for Harrison Ford-supported org Conservation Intl., the beneficiary of the night’s event.

Attendees included Jonathan Dolgen, Calista Flockhart, Spike Lee, Lauren Bacall, Tom Brokaw, Kevin Bacon, Maggie Gyllenhall, Ralph Fiennes and James Earl Jones.

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