French all-digital film to beat “Star Wars” to theaters

The French film Vidocq, starring Gerard Depardieu and set for release on Sept. 19, will become the first feature to be released using the Sony-Panavision technology that George Lucas employed with his latest Star Wars film, the London Sunday Observer reported from Paris. The newspaper said that 800 of the $22-million film’s 2,300 scenes were manipulated by computers after shooting was completed. The film’s director, who uses only the single name Pitof, told the Observer: “I think this is the first step towards the cinema of the future. It certainly makes it a very different thing to do to make a film – post-production, by which I mean editing and inserting special effects, becomes just as important as the actual filming.”