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Warner Brothers 1988 Batman Preview Video

When Tim Burton’s Batman was being filmed, somewhat insulated from the media at Pinewood Studios, back home in the States the production was being slated. The Wall Street Journal reported that fans at conventions were booing the the casting choice of Michael Keaton as Batman. Adam West, TV’S 1960’s campy iteration, was insisting he should […]

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Dance with the Devil: Tim Burton’s Batman

Rising from the ashes of a camp legacy that had long “gone West”, Tim Burton’s Batman took The Caped Crusader into very dark territory – shades of blue and grey were replaced by shadows and smoke. Surfer guitar music was swapped out for themes of pure gothic horror, this was to be like nothing seen before, this was […]

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“I Got A Live One Here!” Prince And Batman

Prince had a sweet deal with his Batman tie-in album – asked aboard the Gotham gravy train by director Tim Burton to contribute a couple of background numbers, he ended up releasing a “music from and inspired by” album of nine tracks, without having to do the heavy lifting of scoring the drama and action […]

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The Steadicam And The Shining: Vintage American Cinematographer Article

  Below is a vintage article from the August 1980 issue of American Cinematographer magazine, on the use of Garrett (spelt Gareth in the article) Brown’s invention, the steadicam, still often erroneously credited as a Stanley Kubrick invention, in The Shining. Seen in the maze photograph below operating the rig is Ken Weston, officially the […]

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“It’s a ghost film” The Shining at 35 Celebration

Someone once said that some places are like people: some shine and some don’t. Well, the beautifully refurbished Odyssey Cinema in St. Albans definitely shone when it was the venue for the 35th anniversary reunion gathering for the cast and crew of The Shining on the 25th May.  Cinetropolis were asked along to cover the proceedings and so we entered […]

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The Shining: Vintage Film Comment Appreciation

To celebrate the 35th anniversary of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, here is a vintage 1980 article by Richard T Jameson from the archives of Film Comment magazine.   Camera comes in low over an immense Western lake, its destination apparently a small island at the center that seems to consist of nothing but treetops. Draw […]

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Mazerunner: The Making Of The Shining

To celebrate the imminent 35 year anniversary of The Shining (which we’ll be covering at a very special event!) here is the behind the scenes making of documentary made by director Stanley Kubrick’s then 17 year old daughter Vivian. This was originally produced for the BBC’s arts programme Arena.

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Unscene Is Believing: Batman (1989)

  Tim Burton’s Batman has a number of unused scenes and ideas. In an early draft, the Mayor was to unveil the statue of Gotham City founder, John T. Gotham, during the city’s 200 year celebrations. The dedication ceremony is interrupted by the Joker, who reveals the statue outside the Flugelheim Museum has been replaced […]

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Review: Five Easy pieces

He rode the fast lane on the road to nowhere Below is one of the first reviews I ever wrote, reproduced here as a sort of tribute to the late Karen Black.    Five Easy Pieces, a film from the golden age of American New Wave and starring Jack Nicholson in an Oscar nominated performance, […]

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