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A dinner with the royal family becomes a hallucinatory nightmare in this scene from “Spencer,” starring Kristen Stewart as Princess Diana.
Diana is late to join a formal dinner and arrives in a somewhat agitated state. The scene plays without dialogue and is scored with string music from the composer Jonny Greenwood that grows ever more anxious as the dinner progresses.
Narrating the sequence, the director Pablo Larraín discusses some of his techniques for heightening the mood. He said that he had asked Stewart not to go onto the set until they were ready to shoot, so that when she enters, it would be her first time seeing the rest of the cast in place at the table.
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