All the Shots of People Staring in Wistful Silence in the New ‘Interstellar’ Trailer


In 2011, cinematic scholar and prolific movies writer Matt Patches pioneered a special appreciation for the Spielberg Face. For those yet untouched by the phenomenon, the Spielberg Face is that look of childlike awe and wonder you’re guaranteed to find on the mug of any of the enchanting filmmaker’s big screen heroes. It’s a staple of the artist’s filmography — while Steve certainly has the market cornered on whimsy, a few other directors seem to have adopted the silent stare to exemplify their own psychological brand. In the trailer for his new film Interstellar, the nihilistic Christopher Nolan appears to be doing just that: directing every one of his actors to stare off into a vacant distance in a fugue state of wistful, hapless sorrow.

Take a look!

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At the :24 mark, Casey Affleck looks out upon the wasteland that has become of his beloved Earth, saying nothing, as his beard constricts his jaw from moving properly.

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At :43, a field of baseball players call a TO on what must not be that important of a game to begin with (they don’t even have numbers, or logos, or anything) to quiety stare down a dust cloud.

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And here we find our hero Matthew McConaughey, dipping into his long untouched vault of emotional expressiveness to glare out his Deep South screen door without so much as a word for the cornless fields before him. [:55]

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Michael Caine usually has a helping of wisdom for the plucky young gents that hobble to his doorstep, but here he treats McConaughey only to a sullen, closed-mouthed glare. Back up, at least, Mike. You’re in his bubble. [1:00]

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You think things look bleak and muted sitting down… [1:03]

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…look at how much bleaker and muter they are standing up! [1:05]

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Hey look, the kid’s doing it now, too. Cheer up, kid. [1:17]

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Oh, oh jeez… things just got way more wistful and silent than we could have anticipated. How are you gonna stare out into the distance and mull over your laundry list of regrets through all them tears, McConaughey? [1:21]

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Academy Award-nominated actress Jessica Chastain will not be deterred by the fields of flaming wheat that surround and ultimately threaten to kill her. She’s got some defeatist, squinty-eyed profile gawking to do. [1:41]

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“All we’ve got left,” these kids think (not say, think), “is a trunk full of clutter, hearts full of destitution, and eyes full of whatever the unforgiving horizon can offer up.” [1:46]

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Exclusive word from the set is that Anne Hathaway had to be instructed several times not to break into song during her scenes of silent staring. [1:53]

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And there it is, at 2:04. The longest stare of them all — that into the endless vaccuum of space, perhaps the most lonely, wistful, hopeless place conceivable. Family, friends, and any semblance of a home left literally lightyears away, with nothing standing ahead but black, cold face of emptiness… staring right back at us.

Should be a fun movie!

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Staff editor Michael Arbeiter’s natural state of being can best be described as “mild panic attack.” His earliest memories of growing up in Queens, New York, involve nighttime conversations with a voice from his bedroom wall (the jury’s still out on what that was all about) and a love for classic television that spawned from the very first time he was allowed to watch “The Munsters.” Attending college at SUNY Binghamton, a 20-year-old Michael learned two things: that he could center his future on this love for TV and movies, and that dragons never actually existed — he was kind of late in the game on that one.

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