Photo by Gaumont
In May 7 1997, was released one classic movie of the 90’s, ‘The Fifth Element’. The movie history is: In the twenty-third century, the universe is threatened by evil. The only hope for mankind is the Fifth Element, who comes to Earth every five thousand years to protect the humans with four stones of the four elements: fire, water, Earth and air. A Mondoshawan spacecraft is bringing The Fifth Element back to Earth but it is destroyed by the evil Mangalores. However, a team of scientists use the DNA of the remains of the Fifth Element to rebuild the perfect being called Leeloo. She escapes from the laboratory and stumbles upon the taxi driver and former elite commando Major Korben Dallas that helps her to escape from the police, and he have to help her in her mission.
Stars: Bruce Willis, Milla Jovovich, Gary Oldman, Chris Tucker
Director: Luc Besson
To celebrate the 20th anniversary, here are some of the curiosities about this movie.
- The explosion in the Fhloston main hall was the largest indoor explosion ever filmed. The resulting fire almost went beyond control.
- The “Divine Language” spoken by Leeloo was invented by director Luc Besson and further refined by Milla Jovovich, who had little trouble learning and developing it, as she was already fluent in 4 languages. The language had only 400 words. He and Milla Jovovich held conversations and wrote letters to each other in the language as practice. By the end of filming they were able to have full conversations in this language.
- Luc Besson wrote the original screenplay when he was in high school. He had conceived the story of the film and invented the world of the film, as a child, so he could escape his lonely childhood. He began writing the script when he was 16, though it was not released in cinemas until he was 38.
- In most shots of Gary Oldman, there is a circle around his head. In fact, a circle in the middle of the frame is a near-constant motif in this film. Bruce Willis, on the other hand, is more often framed by a rectangle or doorway behind him.
- Diva Plavalaguna sings “Il dolce suono,” an aria from the opera Lucia de Lammermoor. It is one of the most difficult arias because of its length, its soaring arpeggios, and the high F above high C.
- At the time, it was the most expensive film ever produced outside of Hollywood, most expensive production in Gaumont’s history, and at eighty million U.S. dollars, the visual effects budget of the film was the highest of its time.
- Luc Besson cast Milla Jovovich as Leeloo, because “Milla has the physical thing, she can be from the past or the future. She can be an Egyptian or a Roman. She can be Nefertiti and she can be from outer space. That was one thing that I liked physically about her.”
- Luc Besson demanded that most of the action shots in the film take place in broad daylight, as he was reportedly tired of the dark spaceship corridors and dimly lit planets common in science fiction films, and wanted a brighter “cheerfully crazy” look as opposed to a gloomy, realistic one.
- Gary Oldman played Zorg as a cross between then-Presidential candidate Ross Perot and Bugs Bunny.
- The wonder on Bruce Willis’ face when the diva sings is real. That was the first time he’d heard it.
- This movie was supposed to be a trilogy. Luc Besson had three scripts that he condensed into one.
- The film takes place in 1914 and 2263.