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French all-digital film to beat "Star Wars" to theaters

Aug 27, 2001 | 2:03pm EDT

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."

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