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Scene Is Believing: Jaws

  The Indianapolis speech There’s an old truism that goes “If it ain’t on the page, it ain’t on the stage.” That doesn’t necessarily mean a screenplay arrives at day one, take one, fully formed, immaculate. Many hands seemingly made light work of the Jaws script: novelist Peter Benchley, Carl Gottlieb (the main man), director Steven Spielberg, […]

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Scene is Believing: An American Werewolf in London

In cinema, to attempt the previously unattempted takes bravery – to be that lone trailblazer can be a real tightrope; mess it up and you look stupid, get it right and you will go down in history. In the 1970s, when John Landis talked to Rick Baker about making a werewolf film, he wanted to […]

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Scene Is Believing: Skyfall

Searching for Silva-man In The City of Lost Children Director Sam Mendes’ intention with James Bond’s Straw Dogs meets Home Alone siege  at Skyfall, his gloomy ancestral home, was to “go back in time”; to both exorcise some manufactured ghosts in the two dimensional agents life, and acknowledge a “purer” period before “exploding pens.” Equally, villain Silva (Javier Bardem) is […]

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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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