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The World Is Watching: Making the Hunger Games

8/10
Release Date 2012-08-18
Runtime 122 minutes
Genres Documentary
Stars Jennifer Lawrence, Suzanne Collins, Gary Ross, Donald Sutherland, Josh Hutcherson
Directors James Newton Howard, Tim Hoogenakker, Cliff Stephenson, Cliff Stephenson, Cliff Stephenson

A feature length, eight part documentary that covers everything from pre-production to adapting the source novel to casting to shooting to post and marketing. This is an amazing in-depth piece and it's notable how many women were involved in this production, from several Lionsgate executives to novelist Suzanne Collins herself. Jennifer Lawrence talks about her "hypocrisy" in not wanting to do a big budget blockbuster after having devoted herself to indies (despite X-Men, which she seems to discount somewhat). There's also a nice sequence on the strength and weight training the actors went through and the stunts that are so notable in the film, as well as having to dance around the violence implicit in the story due to the planned PG-13 rating the filmmakers were aiming for.

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