Originally Posted by Shaded Dogfood Dude, just watch the movie.
No, he has the right to be concerned. Performances that are post-synched always just look wrong.
Gore Vidal observed many years ago that the Italians hate synched sound and often did it only because of foreign actors who insisted their scenes have it. I think I have seen on-set sound also in some of the great neorealist films, but Fellini's films always were post-synched.
I'm pretty sure Kurosawa would only post-sync when there was no other way- long shots and the like. I can never remember being bothered by sound not matching the lips in any of his films.
No, he doesn't. If the sync-ing of the dialogue scares him off of Seven Samurai
, one of the few movies nearly everyone agrees is among the greatest ever made -- or the fact that maybe there's some scratches, or a hair shows up for eight seconds in reel three, or some other technical imperfections -- then that's his loss. Il Gattopardo
is dubbed, too, but it doesn't affect Lancaster's performance. There are Beatles tracks where the singing is out of tune. Does it matter? The original release of Kind of Blue
has side two in the wrong key due to a technical error with the tape machine. Either he wants to see the movie or he doesn't.