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The Great Unmade? John Boorman’s The Lord of The Rings

If you think John Boorman’s Zardoz was bat-shit weird, take a moment to consider how his unmade adaptation of JRR Tolkien’s The Lord Of The Rings would have turned out. By his collaborator Rospo Pallenberg’s own admission, “We were propelled by what we liked, and invented as we went along.” The film would have opened on Tolkien working in […]

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Reappreciation Society: The Emerald Forest

Before Avatar, before Dances With Wolves, heck, even before Ferngully (!) there was The Emerald Forest, an adventure tale based on the real life story of a Venezuelan engineer’s 10 year quest to find his young son, spirited away by a mysterious tribe from the “civilised” encroachment on their land, and raised in the wonders […]

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Lee Marvin: A Personal Portrait, By John Boorman

Lee Marvin was a star in his own firmament, a mass of contradictions and sensitivities, hidden beneath a rousing, ribald, flinty carapace. A wounded veteran of the bloody Pacific campaign in WW.II, a boozer and brawler, a poet and prince. It’s fair to say there has never been another actor quite like him. One man […]

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All On Accounta Paddlin’ A River: John Boorman’s Deliverance

It’s the early 1970’s: two first time novelists works will be translated into unforgettable films of primal terror. While Peter Benchley’s Jaws under Steven Spielberg’s eye lead to the birth of summer blockbusters, James Dickey’s Deliverance, directed by  John Boorman, birthed a slew of darker crazy hillbilly / isolated weirdo horrors. Southern Comfort is considered an unofficial […]

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Excalibur: John Boorman’s Once And Future Movie Myth

  John Boorman’s 1981 fantastical retelling of Mallory’s Le Mort D’ Arthur is, to quote Nicol Williamson’s Merlin in the film, “A dream to some. A nightmare to others!” What some see as an episodic and hammy sword and sorcery tale is a clever and satisfying retelling of a mythical truth, an abstract approach that shows us Arthur’s […]

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A revenant’s revenge – John Boorman’s Point Blank

“I bet you’re a big Lee Marvin fan, aren’t you?” If you are, you’ll rate Point Blank highly, especially as he and director John Boorman considered it a metaphysical exploration of the actor’s troubled soul. Boorman and Marvin struck up an enduring friendship when they met during Marvin’s filming of The Dirty Dozen. For this […]

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Me And Me Dad: Screening and Interview with John and Katrine Boorman

  Last night I attended a screening of the documentary Me And Me Dad at Queens Film Theatre, Belfast, followed by a question and answer session with the director, Katrine Boorman, and her subject, father and director John Boorman. SYNOPSIS: The film is an intimate portrait about the iconic, award winning filmmaker John Boorman, director […]

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Deliverance: The Cast Looks Back

In 1972 director John Boorman adapted John Dickey’s chilling novel Deliverance, in which four privileged city boys come up against the primal power of nature as they attempt to navigate the treacherous  Cahulawassee river, seeking to ride the rapids before the whole area is flooded by dam construction, and evade the locals whose wrath they have incurred. […]

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