First Tenet Audiences Describe Inaudible Dialogue

Inaudible dialogue has been a signature trademark of director Christopher Nolan and his newest film is no exception to the rule.

While “Tenet” won’t open in the United States for a few more days, reporters who attended press screenings along with early audiences in New Zealand and Australia have noted difficulty hearing exposition dialogue in the movie.

Nolan’s previous films such as “The Dark Knight Rises“, “Interstellar” and “Dunkirk” were all called out for inaudible dialogue.

Part of the explanation behind this could be Nolan’s apparent hesitance for additional dialogue replacement (ADR), a method of rerecording lines after shooting a scene. Tenet’s production notes describe how IMAX 70mm cameras are noisier than regular cameras.

“There were intimate dialogue moments that we couldn’t get with the IMAX camera, so then we went back to the 65mm camera,” said the movie’s cinematographer Hoyt van Hoytema.

Some theaters offer closed caption devices, such as glasses or cupholder displays, and some offer select open caption shows. Such devices however are not designed to work with analog film projection, such as 35mm or 70mm film.

While many theaters around the world remain shut due to the COVID-19 pandemic, “Tenet” has begun its global theatrical run. In the United States, the film is set to open in select theaters on September 2.

Image: Warner Bros.

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