Character actor Michael Shannon has been nominated for his second Oscar for his role in the 2016 thriller Nocturnal Animals. "No Small Parts" takes a look at some of the other characters he's played in the past.
This is one of the two featurettes on the DVD of Enemy at the Gates, and it is the longer one, with a 19 minute running time. Indeed, it is also far more informative and thorough. It consists of interviews, clips of the movie and behind the scenes footage. Unlike the other one, "Inside", this is, so to speak, not all talk. The voice-over narration is one of the few things that imbue parts of this with a feeling of being promotional before being about truth, and this definitely does have the tiring love-fest going on. We find out about how they recreated Stalingrad with the famous "children dancing in a ring", and are told of historical facts that they attempted to put into the flick. Casting is gone into, and the excellent Jude Law and Ed Harris are commented upon. Everybody here has something to say, and this is never boring. The pace is good, not trying to keep to an excessive speed. Editing is sharp and smooth, and doesn't call attention to itself. The comparing of rehearsal with the finished film is effective and subtle. I recommend this to anyone who is interested in the subject matter. 7/10
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