George Clooney

Full Tilt Boogie

When director Sarah Kelly filmed the behind-the-scenes antics of the 1996 vampire film “From Dusk Till Dawn” for her documentary “Full Tilt Boogie” (which opened last Friday), she inherited a dream cast: George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino, and Juliette Lewis. Although her film is filled with candid scenes of cast and crew joking and partying, certain shots in a preliminary cut were deemed too candid by Clooney and were removed at his request.

Kelly, 28, will not describe the omitted footage, but one person who saw the early version of the movie at Austin’s South by Southwest film festival in March of 1997 remembered a scene where Clooney’s assistant rambles about her boss’s personal life. Kelly says the cuts were actually quite innocuous. “If the scenes had been left in, they wouldn’t get any buzz whatsoever,” she tells EW Online. “But the fact that they got taken out created an ‘Ooooh, I wonder what that was?’ effect. It’s become much more exciting in myth.”

Kelly was a production assistant on Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction” and was recruited by him to direct “Full Tilt” ten days before principal photography was to begin on “Dusk.” She struggled with the decision of how candid to keep her camera, but thinks she made the right choices: “In making a documentary, your loyalties are torn. Should they lie with your audience, which deserves to see everything, or with the people who have allowed you to invade your lives? I feel we owed a lot of loyalty to people like George who were so great and generous with us.”

Full Tilt Boogie
  • Movie
  • 100 minutes