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"Todd sent us like five or six mix CDs from the time and this beautiful look book of all these photographs from the 1950s he felt represented what he wanted the film to look and feel like," said Mara.
Carol is trapped in what should be a perfect marriage.
"They were very agenda or issue driven, and this was not.
In fact it insists on not being that in order to make the point. Mara smiled, "I was, barely." Blanchett continued: "Normally when a screenplay sits around that long, by the time it hits the screen it feels a bit bruised and battered, compromised," she said.
The way she describes people who are morally, psychologically and socially sitting on the edges of society — and that fact that love is the crime here."Todd Haynes, whose 2002 romantic drama "Far From Heaven" broke similar boundaries by exploring homosexuality and race relations in the 1950s, debuted his new production at the Cannes Film Festival in May, where it received high praise and Mara was awarded the lead actress prize. Blanchett, a two-time Oscar winner, and Mara, nominated for "Dragon Tattoo," are considered likely nominees this year.
Blanchett co-produced the film with British Number 9 Films, Film4 Productions and the New York-based Killer Films, and it is being distributed in the U. The story of Carol was based on a real encounter Highsmith had working as a clerk in a department store.