First Trailer for Robert Eggers' Phenomenal B&W Film 'The Lighthouse'
by Alex Billington
July 30, 2019
"How long have we been on this rock?" A24 has finally revealed the first trailer for The Lighthouse, the second feture film from acclaimed filmmaker Robert Eggers following his horror debut The Witch. This premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in the Directors' Fortnight section and earned rave reviews, many calling it the best film of the Cannes Film Festival this year (here's my glowing review). Robert Pattinson stars as a young apprentice who goes to remote island to tend to the lighthouse with an older, rugged keeper - played by Willem Dafoe. It's a descent into madness as the two remain stuck, alone, on this island as a storm rages over them. This is truly a phenomenal film, I totally flipped for it at Cannes, and I can't wait for everyone to get a glimpse. A masterpiece - every frame is perfection, and the two incredible performances will be remembered forever. Get a first look at the mad B&W film below. There is enchantment in the light.
Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Robert Eggers' The Lighthouse, direct from A24's YouTube:
A hypnotic and hallucinatory tale of two lighthouse keepers on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s. The Lighthouse is directed by acclaimed American filmmaker Robert Eggers, director of the film The Witch previously, and a few other short films. The screenplay is written by Max Eggers and Robert Eggers. Produced by Youree Henley, Lourenço Sant' Anna, Rodrigo Teixeira, and Jay Van Hoy; co-produced by Jeffrey Penman and Michael Volpe. This first premiered at the Cannes Film Festival this year in the Directors' Fortnight section (read our review) and will next play at TIFF coming up. A24 will release Eggers' The Lighthouse in select US theaters starting October 18th this fall. Who's excited to see this film?
Efterklang on Jul 30, 2019
"Why just spill your beans..." Trailer, poster and performances are on point. Love Willem Dafoe and he's perfect for this. After being initially leery but pleasantly surprised by "The VVitch", I'm SO down for this. It's akin to a "Brother's Grimm Popeye" (I hope).
THE_RAW_ on Jul 30, 2019
A Brothers Grimm Popeye is probably one of the most intriguing descriptions I've ever heard. Well done sir! I want that!
grimjob on Jul 30, 2019
Thanks man! I want that too!
THE_RAW_ on Jul 31, 2019
there was another movie with the same name from a couple years back - i really liked that. is this like that or is there a supernatural element?
dan on Jul 30, 2019
Are you thinking about Cold Skin? I was more or less interested by this one, but the trailer was a real letdown. Straight to video stuff here in France. I guess i'll go to my favorite art house theater for the Eggers flick.
Ari Golan on Jul 30, 2019
no. this movie i'm thinking of is literally named "the lighthouse" - like this one. it was mesmerizing for me. it's just about 2 lighthouse keepers stranded on their "rock" longer than they were supposed to be because of a huge storm in the irish sea - it's based on a true story. i don't know how it reviewed but i enjoyed it. edit - i checked out "cold skin" - definitely not that. the trailer didn't do anything for me.
dan on Jul 31, 2019
Well, on the end, The Witch wasn't so bad and this one looks like it could be doing fine too ...
shiboleth on Jul 30, 2019
Yea, this looks intriguing and I like the black and white photography and the cast. However, I do not like the box ratio and that's a huge disappointment for me. As soon as I saw that was what it was while starting the trailer, got bummed. It just doesn't work for me and I've never seen it add aesthetically to the project. It certainly didn't seem to here either. I might try to gut my way thru it on my cable, but no way I'll go pay for it projected with that ratio on a huge screen.
thespiritbo on Jul 30, 2019
From the trivia section on imdb: The film has an aspect ratio of 1.19:1, an almost-square frame that was used in the early sound years by filmmakers including Fritz Lang and G.W. Pabst. They choose the format because "the spaces in this movie are meant to feel confined, it's more of a close-up movie than The Witch. The idea of widescreen only came about in the 1950s - we wanted to take people back further than that." Seems like Eggers really wanted to go all out on making this look old, and from the trailer I think it works really well. From using vintage camera lenses made in the 30s, to a custom filter made to emulate the look and feel of orthochromatic films from the late 19th century. He decided it was to be shot in b&w 35mm before he wrote the script. Seems like he had a clear vision of what he wanted.
Efterklang on Jul 31, 2019
It does sound like he had a clear vision of what he wanted and good for him. I like the b&w 35mm, but I don't like and never will like the 'box' look. Aesthetically it is still a film made today so why try to make it look like a film made back in the day...even if that day is in the past? It just doesn't work for me, but good for him for having his vision and how he wanted to proceed and was able to. Nothing shabby about that.
thespiritbo on Jul 31, 2019
Hell yeah! Those peacoats look thick AF!!!
DAVIDPD on Jul 30, 2019
I've read good things. I hope it delivers as much.
Whichhalfofthewit on Jul 30, 2019
The Witch instantly became one of my all-time favorite horror films, and this looks to be a damn fine follow-up for Eggers.
grimjob on Jul 30, 2019
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