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Scene Is Believing: The Wicker Man

“Don’t you see that killing me is not going to bring back your apples?” “People call The Wicker Man a horror movie,” Christopher Lee (Lord Summerisle) says, “but it isn’t really, it’s far more subtle and sophisticated than that. Horror is about decay; The Wicker Man is about an opposition of values, the struggle to achieve […]

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Scene Is Believing: Raiders Of The Lost Ark

  The Peruvian Temple set, stage 4, Elstree Studios “Throw me the whip.” “Throw me the Idol.” Ever since Goldfinger, the James Bond series has come up with a spectacular opening pre-credit sequence. Appropriately enough, since Steven Spielberg had professed a desire to George Lucas to direct a Bond film, Raiders Of The Lost Ark […]

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Scene Is Believing: Fitzcarraldo

Another post from the archives of DGA Quarterly, this time on one of the craziest of endeavors ever put on film – the transportation of a real steamboat over a mountain between river tributaries in a rain forest by director Werner Herzog, for Fitzcarraldo. Not for Herzog would a model miniature in a studio setting […]

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Scene Is Believing: The Dark Knight

Crazy clown time- The Dark Knight’s Joker interrogation   For this month’s Scene is Believing, I thought it would be apt to (a) look back at the previous chapter in director Christopher Nolan’s unintended Batman trilogy, and (b) take a look at his favourite scene from that film, which underscores even further the influence of […]

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Scene Is Believing: The Dark Knight Rises

  The IMAX prologue: Bane takes the plane Early positive reviews for Sam Mendes’ Skyfall are hailing it as James Bond’s renaissance, Nolan-esque in terms of scale and depth. Mendes himself has acknowledged The Dark Knight in particular as a big influence – “What Nolan proved was that you can make a huge movie that […]

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Scene Is Believing: Interstellar

“Time and tide wait for no man” – Chaucer The water planet Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar is full of spectacular images and locations, both space and planet bound. One of the most deadly is the watery world perched perilously on the limits of an orbit around a black hole, labelled Gargantua by the crew of the […]

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Scene Is Believing: Rocky

“Montage, gotta have a montage. Even Rocky had a montage…” So went Team America. Rocky certainly did have one of the greatest and most uplifting of all cinema montages, as the titular pugilist (Sylvester Stallone) trains for his big fight with Apollo Creed. Most of the training montage was filmed with a skeleton crew in […]

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Scene Is Believing: McCabe & Mrs Miller

McCabe & Mrs Miller arose out of Warren Beatty’s frustrations with Robert Towne over finalising a script for Shampoo, his next pet project with his then lover, Julie Christie. If he thought he was frustrated with Towne, wait until he butted heads with his chosen McCabe director, Robert Altman. The stop-gap  movie script was based […]

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Scene Is Believing: Octopussy

No, that’s not Del Boy Trotter on the tarmac with the James Bond Bede Jet from Octopussy – it’s stunt pilot J W “Corky” Fornof, who flew it through a populated hanger in Octopussy, probably the highlight of that film. In a post from DGA Quarterly, director John Glen breaks down the brilliant stunt. The […]

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Scene Is Believing: Rogue One’s Vader Unleashed

Wired have a cool video interview up where Rogue One director Gareth Edwards discusses the creation of that awesome moment in the finale to the film, where Darth Vader unleashes the full fury of the Force against Leia’s rebels in his attempt to stop the Death Star plans being taken. It almost wasn’t in the […]

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