Photography Behind The Scenes Of Poor Things
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Behind The Scenes Of Poor Things

Dear God, the Parthenon Is Still Broken è il photo book di Yorgos Lanthimos che svela i retroscena di Povere creature!
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Giorgia Massari

If Kind of Kindness, the latest film by Yorgos Lanthimos to be released June 6 in all theaters, is still shrouded in a dense aura of mystery, Poor Things – starring a fantastic Emma Stone – is now well and truly eviscerated. Both on the web, where it has been widely discussed, and by the director himself, who just a few days ago released Dear God, the Parthenon Is Still Broken. We are talking about the new photo book that reveals some of the background of Poor Things through Yorgos Lanthimos’ own eyes. Some of the beautiful shots in the book can be seen on the website of Void, the Athenian publishing house that produced it. It is on sale here in three versions, the standard one for a small fee while the two limited editions are available for $382 and $1,580, respectively. The latter with only 30 copies signed by the director.

VOID – Dear God, the Parthenon Is Still Broken | Photograph by Yorgos Lanthimos

Shots developed in an improvised darkroom on set

Bound in a cloth hardcover, Dear God, the Parthenon Is Still Broken features large-format images captured and developed on set through the collaboration between Lanthimos and his lead actress, Emma Stone. After long days of shooting, the two met in a makeshift darkroom to develop the negatives. The images reveal intricate sets that, although set in 19th-century Europe, were shot entirely in a Budapest studio. Lanthimos widens the frame to reveal the meticulous craftsmanship behind the scenes, including the Lisbon set that took more than 20 weeks to build.

Dear God, the Parthenon Is Still Broken | Photograph by Yorgos Lanthimos

A work of art in its own right

Costume designer Holly Waddington‘s work gives the book a look reminiscent of an avant-garde fashion book, with striking images such as Mark Ruffalo in a bouffant suit and wistful shots of the urban landscape. Also beautiful are the shots of Emma Stone during filming, making her look like a woman from another era. Dear God, the Parthenon Is Still Broken somehow quenches fans’ thirst by subtly and delicately deflecting all the driving emotions of Poor Things: longing, arrogance, humor and anger. At the same time, the photo book presents itself as a separate creature from the film, emphasizing how the arts can travel in parallel, on completely different paths, but still holding hands.

Credits and courtesy: Dear God, the Parthenon Is Still Broken | Photograph by Yorgos Lanthimos
Dear God, the Parthenon Is Still Broken | Photograph by Yorgos Lanthimos
From “Dear God, the Parthenon Is Still Broken” | Photograph by Yorgos Lanthimos
Poor Things: Dear God, the Parthenon Is Still Broken | Photograph by Yorgos Lanthimos
VOID, Dear God, the Parthenon Is Still Broken | Photograph by Yorgos Lanthimos
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Written by Giorgia Massari
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