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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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Review: Star Wars The Force Awakens

“There were stories about what happened,” Rey (Daisy Ridley) says wide-eyed to Han Solo (Harrison Ford), now himself so much legend and myth in a galaxy far, far away. The force of story-telling, on the surface derivative of all the Original Trilogy, is nevertheless strong with Star Wars The Force Awakens. Sometimes, to quote James […]

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Slaves To The Empire – Vintage Rolling Stone piece with The Empire Strikes Back Cast

There’s a great new piece in the latest issue of Rolling Stone with all the major players, new and old, behind Star Wars The Force Awakens – J J Abrams, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, John Boyega, Adam Driver, and Daisy Ridley. You can read it here but I thought it would be fun to […]

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Tribute To Stunt Legend Terry Leonard

“You’d better damn sure pay attention to what you’re doing, because it’s going to catch up on you sooner or later.” – Terry Leonard Below is a tribute to legendary stunt man and stunt coordinator Terry Leonard, from the 2015 TCM Classic Film Festival. It played at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood before a screening […]

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Scene is Believing: The Empire Strikes Back

  On June 21, 1979, on Stage 5 at Elstree Studios, one of the most iconic lines in cinema history was created. But it didn’t come from Lawrence Kasdan and Leigh Brackett’s original script. Instead it, and many more elements of this seemingly straightforward scene, came about from a great deal of rehearsal and script […]

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On The Edge Of Blade Runner

Today Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner The Final Cut gets a special one day select cinema release, as part of the BFI’s “Days of Fear and Wonder” season, before a general roll out nationwide in April 2015. To celebrate, here is Mark Kermode’s documentary On The Edge Of Blade Runner (directed by Andrew Abbott), produced for […]

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Harrison Ford: The Space Cowboy

It looks like Harrison Ford has a confirmed broken leg, possibly putting a lengthy delay on the Star Wars VII production schedule. But we at Cinetropolis don’t want him to feel bad about it – so to cheer him and all us fans up, here’s a cracking Clara Darko tribute to the man they call […]

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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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Guilty Pleasures: Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull

The law of diminishing returns has applied in the Indiana Jones series since Kate Capshaw started shrilly screaming in The Temple Of Doom, and didn’t stop until our heroes rode off into the sunset with The Last Crusade. Raiders of The Lost Ark is a bona fide masterpiece, the rest of the series have their […]

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