This film is based on the 1993 non-fiction book Howard Hughes: The Secret Life by Charles Higham
As research for his role, Leonardo DiCaprio spent a day with Jane Russell to hear her memories and impressions of Howard Hughes. She was very impressed with DiCaprio's visit, and told him that Hughes was a quiet, yet extremely stubborn man, who always got his way in the end.
Each year in the film was designed by director Martin Scorsese to look just the way a color movie from that time period would look. Achieved mainly through digitally enhanced post-production, Scorsese re-created the look of Cinecolor and two-strip Technicolor. Watch in particular for the scene where Howard Hughes (Leonardo DiCaprio) meets Errol Flynn (Jude Law) in the club. Hughes is served precisely placed peas on a plate, and they appear blue or turquoise, just as they'd have looked in the two-strip Technicolor process. As Hughes ages throughout the movie, the color gets more sophisticated and full-bodied.
Director Martin Scorsese asked Cate Blanchett to watch Katharine Hepburn's first fifteen movies, to learn her mannerism and poise.
The Aviator 2004
25 Dec 2004 ● English ● 2 hrs 50 mins
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