Extreme Close-Up (film)
|Directed by||Jeannot Szwarc|
|Produced by||Paul Lazarus III|
Michael I. Rachmil
|Written by||Michael Crichton|
|Music by||Basil Poledouris|
|Distributed by||National General Pictures|
It was also known as Sex Through a Window.
A television reporter rents surveillance equipment for a story on the intrusion of surreptitious surveillance in peoples' private lives. He spies on his neighbors and eventually a broader range of citizens, finding himself caught up in the dark world of voyeurism.
Producer Paul Lazarus III says the film was inspired in part by the success of I Am Curious (Yellow). He approached Michael Crichton with whom he made Westworld (1973) and suggested they make a film which got some nudity on screen "without creating some kind of uproar that ruins people." They came up with the story and Crichton wrote the script. "This was an era of grainy 8mm stag films," said Lazarus III, "Our thinking was we could put what nudity we wanted... into a kind of action thriller format."
Director Jeannot Szwarc was hired in part because he was French "and we thought he'd known how to do this," according to Lazarus III.
According to Crichton, he "became interested in the idea of making an X-rated film that would also be a good movie. What happened to it was that it got shot as a soft R, and that just destroyed it. I mean it really had a hard edge that I thought was interesting, and it was a good script, but it had to be an X. The minute it was not an X, it was just all over. I wasn't involved in the production... it was a low budget picture that didn't turn out as I hoped."
- Extreme Close-Up on IMDb
- Extreme Close-Up at Rotten Tomatoes
- Review of film at The New York Times
- Review of film at Temple of Schlock