Hillbillies, moonshine and Chicago gangsters are the three things that pretty much make up 2012′s Lawless. That and a very modest Jessica Chastain nude scene. Now, I know I normally leave the technical details for the end of the post, but I’ll have to make an exception this time. The scene itself is so dark, that in the source material – as taken from the blu-ray – you can barely make out what’s going on, particularly in the full frontal part. What you’re seeing here is a color corrected edit with a denoise filter which I tried to make as visible as possible while maintaining as little grain as possible. You might think it looks pretty rough, but there really is no better I could have done. Unlike many dark scenes which are filmed in at least somewhat light conditions then darkened in post, this one was just plain filmed in the dark, so there’s really not a whole lot of picture hidden behind the blackness.
As for the movie itself, it’s pretty good, Jessica Chastain topless aside. I know I make fun of Shia LaBeouf a lot – particularly since he started waving his penis in front of the cameras for Icelandic experimental bands’ pseudopornographic music videos – but his acting was really deep in this film and went a long way towards the immersion of it all. Tom Hardy is in it too. In fact, he’s right in this scene. He’s the guy who responds with, “erm, urr, wat – watchyer doin?” when Jessica Chastain’s character propositions him for sex. I wish I could be that smooth one day. No, really, I do. That line actually got him laid.
So there it is. Squint really hard, and you might make out Jessica Chastain’s great 1930s bush. The video is provided with the color correction but without the denoising. The latter worked well for the caps, but it translated into movement very poorly. For reference, check out the streaming video below which has the color correction, and the denoising, and even more color correction. The “lighting” is great, but it’s a bit of a blurry mess if you enlarge it. Oh, and if any editors have suggestions on how I can improve the video quality, please do share. I’ll make the original video without color correction available too if demand dictates. Clip and caps of the Jessica Chastain nude scene are below, and you can check out the GIFs on Tumblr.