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Unsung Heroes: Pat Roach

The term “gentle giant” is often a cliche only because it is true. And it very much applied to 6ft 5in Pat “Bomber” Roach: Birmingham born gentleman of the wrestling ring, writer, and also actor / stunt performer, who played many heavies in genre films. This in contrast to his  cornerstone role as the sensible […]

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Scene Is Believing: From Jaws To Jones

I saw the Jaws restoration on the big screen this weekend, and naturally, it was dazzling. So many little details and nuances lept out at me anew. One scene in particular though, which has been remarked upon many times as a neat piece of character shading, reminded me of a scene in Steven Spielberg’s later […]

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Nova: The Magic Of Special Effects

Here’s a great TV documentary from 1984 on the making of special effects for many films such as Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom, Return of The Jedi, Explorers, 2010, and more. As we’re celebrating Temple Of Doom week, hasten to the 4.52 mark, where you’ll see Dennis Muren of ILM and others walk […]

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Scene Is Believing: Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom

The Mine chase – Please keep your hands in the car at all times I’m not one for bemoaning the advance of CG effects over practical models and glass matte shots: if an effect is done well, that’s all I care about. However (!) there is something thrilling about the ingenuity behind old school methods; […]

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The Making Of Raiders of The Lost Ark: 1981 PBS Special

Our friend Jamie Benning has already culled footage from this 1981 PBS TV special on the making of Raiders Of The Lost Ark for his excellent  Filmumentary , but here is a chance to watch the entire vintage show, courtesy of LoSceicco1976 . Among the gems in here you’ll see Paul Freeman as Belloq undergo a full head […]

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Sympathy For The Devil? Raiders Of The lost Ark’s Belloq

The best heroes get the best villains. In Indiana Jones’s case, not just Nazi’s, but the smooth, urbane French archaeologist who works with them to uncover the lost Ark of the Covenant; “a shadowy reflection” of himself. Rene Belloq, played by Paul Freeman, is a wily character, letting Indy (Harrison Ford) do all the hard work […]

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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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The Making of Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom

To wind up our coverage of Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom on this, the 30th anniversary of its original U.S release, here is the making of documentary from 1984 (pt.1 of 6) Enjoy, and quit monkeyin’ around!  

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Unscene Is Believing: Indiana Jones And The Temple of Doom

Temple Of Doom scriptwriters Bill Huyck, Gloria Katz, and director Steven Spielberg deliberated over several iterations for the sequence where Indy, Willie and Short Round escape a poisonous night out in Shanghai’s Club Obi-Wan onboard a small cargo plane. Two ideas that didn’t make the final cut were an elaborate Mousetrap – like gag, and an […]

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Indiana Jones And The Costumes of Doom

For Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom, George Lucas and Steven Spielberg hired Oscar winning costume designer Anthony Powell (Death On The Nile, Tess), to cover all aspects of the film’s costuming. He had valuable experience of dealing directly with Berman and Nathan’s, two of the largest and most prestigious costume suppliers in the […]

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