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Scene Is Believing: The Untouchables

  The Union Station Shoot-out We’re so used to many directors storyboarding out scenes nowadays that it is a surprise to see how a complex piece of gun play like the railway steps scene from The Untouchables wasn’t even scripted. The surviving “Untouchables” Elliott Ness (Kevin Costner) and foot soldier Stone (Andy Garcia) discover from […]

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Bob Hoskins 1942 – 2014

Only in a world gone mad would a diminutive, hairy, bald, tubby cockney become one of the world’s greatest film stars, but the 1980s were just that. A topsy turvy world with crazy dreamscapes fuelled by cocaine, champagne and hair gel. That’s not to say Hoskins was there by accident, no, this was earned. He […]

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Sympathy For The Devil? The Long Good Friday’s Harold Shand

“You don’t crucify people! Not on Good Friday!” Like its London gangster anti-hero Harold Shand (Bob Hoskins), The Long Good Friday, completed in 1979 but not released until the next year by Lew Grade’s nervous lackeys, straddles the tired old Britain of Labour and the brash, unfeeling new Conservatism of the upcoming ’80’s. Harold, an old […]

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O que é Brasil? – What Is Brazil?

  What is Brazil? Brazil is the demented, surreal flip-side of George Orwell’s dystopian warning – 1984½ was director Terry Gilliam’s originally mooted title. Yet it is Gilliam’s comic vision that depressingly reflects and permeates our everyday culture. One of bureaucratic balls-ups, government catch-all catchphrases (“We’re all in this together”), and an ineffectual war on […]

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Unscene Is Believing: Who Framed Roger Rabbit

As an adjunct to our regular “Scene Is Believing” slot, I’d like to start examining scenes that didn’t make the final cut, whether they be at script stage, or completed shots. To begin, let’s look at Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and what became known as “The pig head sequence”. According to SFX supervisor Ken Ralston, the film […]

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