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"Life of Pi" marks a high degree of difficulty flight off the diving board for Ang Lee, who took a decade to get it made. And given the technology required to achieve the visual effects--including a Bengal Tiger--the film couldn't have gotten made any sooner than it did. I grabbed Lee for a mere 22 minutes. (We last talked about "Brokeback Mountain.") Here's our conversation. (Still to come: my interview with Fox 2000's Elizabeth Gabler and screenwriter David Magee.) Anne Thompson: Besides the fact that it’s a gorgeous technological achievement in 3-D, why does 'Life of Pi' move people so deeply? What was in the book that you felt you had to capture on film, in this emotional way? I see this as a movie that is about everyone on this planet, and wondered if you do too? Ang Lee: The book is open to everyone. My editor and I joke about it, »

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