How Christian Bale Uses Silence to Speak Volumes in ‘Vice’ | Anatomy of a Scene

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How Christian Bale Uses Silence to Speak Volumes in ‘Vice’ | Anatomy of a Scene
Is Adam McKay, the writer-director of Vise history – and this is where is the phone call from the Bush campaign asking him to come in and meet with George W bush scene about slowing? I wanted a lot of Silence here and my editor and Corwin made the choice to just leave the shop on Cheney’s midsection, so we don’t even see his face for the phone call feel even more pregnant, so we can become aware what’s going on. Thank you. Thank you. You can feel the moment-to-moment second to suck consequences of this phone call of each sentence of linen Dix Exchange, there’s a painting of a left at the scene. That was actually there in the house when we scouted. House for the scene of a big dog with a little dog barking at a convict dog has a stick in its mouth and it was a happy accident. I realized that’s the relationship between Cheney and W bush. The change this big dog, but the little dog thinks he’s in charge, is that it also shows how much follicle, how careful, how unhurried he is just a meeting. Is it just a meeting you realize at this point Dick Cheney really has become a master of the game.
A phone call. A quiet exchange between husband and wife. A dog painting. On the surface, this scene from the Dick Cheney biopic “Vice” may seem a bit mundane. But a more low-key moment, in a film full of zany ones (A. O. Scott called the movie “a hectic blend of psychohistory, domestic drama and sketch-comedy satire”), turns out to be seismic.

About that phone call: It comes at a point when Cheney’s life seems to be heading in a more serene direction. But the call ends up taking him on a U-turn right back to Washington. Narrating the scene, the writer-director Adam McKay (“The Big Short”) said he wanted everything in the film to slow down at that moment. In the call, and in the conversation that Cheney has with his wife, Lynne (Amy Adams), the drama is found in his silences.

And regarding that dog painting, McKay said it was already in the house that they used for this shoot (a home he said that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West once considered buying). It’s of an eager little dog barking at a big dog with a stick. McKay saw it as symbol of the relationship between George W. Bush and his vice president. “Cheney’s this big dog, but the little dog thinks he’s in charge,” he said.

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