just got an email from a couple of film students here
in Missouri that I sat with while watching "Enemy At
The Gates". While chatting before the film they'd told
me that they just bought "Running Time" on DVD and I
thought I'd share what one of them had to say in his
email after seeing it.
and I watched "Running Time" on DVD last night. Oh my
God, this movie rocks! I mean, I was sure it would be
cool, but this film blew me away... and I'm not just
blowing smoke up your friend's a** either. Bruce was
awesome, as always, but Jeremy and Anita were great,
too. I had no idea Anita Barone would be as good as
she turned out. The most amazing thing to me was the
SteadiCam work. How the Hell did they pull some of that
stuff off? We were sitting there trying to figure out
how they could've manuevered the camera to accomplish,
what I think is some outstanding blocking and coverage.
Anyhow, we were very pleased. There were a couple of
edits that stuck out, but they work wonderfully for
the most part.
for the very nice review. What do you mean, a couple
of edits stuck out? I'm kidding, a couple do stick out.
thoughts on the Oscars? While most of the movies up
for awards sucked major dick this year, I still enjoyed
the ceremony. I thought Steve Martin was funny, and
the show felt a little classier than usual. No ridiculous
tap-dance numbers this time, and for once the show came
in well under 4 hours. The acceptance speeches were
also a little classier I thought, excepting the Sally
Field sequel (Julia Roberts), and the 'aren't we all
so important to humanity' (Steven Soderbergh).
on a completely unrelated note, I saw the other day
that Bruce has written a sort-of autobiography "Confessions
of a B-Movie Actor". I was wondering if you had ever
been approached or considered writing such a book? Like
"Confessions of a B-Movie director"? (Although forgive
me if B-movie is the wrong term for your films). You've
written alot of interesting essays on this site, and
I figure you've got many more stories still untold.
I could imagine the book being a combination of "Directing
Anthony Quinn" and "Fear and Loathing on I-10". It seems
like everyone and their uncle wants to get into hollywood
these days, and you could offer a sort of cautionary
tale. I think a book about a survivor, rather than a
star, would be quite interesting.
couple of years ago I collected a bunch of movie essays
together into a book and sent it around, but found no
takers. Apparently, no one knows who I am, from what
I was told by publishers. I also did the same thing
with a collection of short stories. Ah well.
the Oscars, Steve Martin did a good, sedate job and
the show moved along, but nothing really stood out.
I like it when things go wrong or someone makes a politcal
speech or pisses everyone off. I thought Julia Roberts
was an embarrassment, referring to film composer/conductor
Bill Conti as "stick man." For me, though, it was very
nice seeing the great cinematographer Jack Cardiff looking
spry and the great writer Ernest Lehman, looking rather
old and befuddled, but still up and around.
Just wondering if you could give me any help on the
following trivia questions.
What was the first three-color Technicolor feature film
to be commercially released?
2. Who was the first Asian woman to become a movie star
3. What was the first sound film to be commercially
distributed in the U.S.?
4. Who is the only comic-strip character -- not an actor
in the role, but the character himself -- to be awarded
a Best Actor Oscar?
not sure what this is about, nor will I look in any
1. "Becky Sharp" (1935)
2. Anna May Wong
3. The first feature film with a soundtrack, meaning
music and sound effects, not dialog, was "Don Juan"
(1926). The first film with some dialog was "The Jazz
4. No cartoon character has ever won in the category
of "best actor."
just watched Running Time the other night and really
enjoyed it. During editing did you find yourself hurting
for say a reaction shot or a close-up? I realized after
the movie that I hadn't missed these types of shots
Miss Barone did a fantastic job.
didn't miss cutting to anything since that wasn't part
of the scheme. The editor, Kaye, and I did noodle with
every cut for hours, though.
Good morning, Mr. Becker!
was enjoying your site when i noticed your "Favorite
Films" section. I love perusing such lists so I can
say to myself, "Yep, like that one too, that one, uh
huh, what? that one sucked, oh I LOVE that one..." etc.
thing I noticed and thought was funny, is that the film
"Lunatics: A Love Story" was not listed in your favorite
films. I find that very amusing, since you created /
directed that little celuloid fantasy.
you like the end product? I have to say it's one of
my favorite films! The quiky-ness, the oddball characters
... it's a great story and I thought it was funny and
just wonder why it didn't make your list ... thanks
of my own films have made my list. Perhaps "If I Had
a Hammer" will, but I doubt it. I would need a whole
lot of believable positive feedback to consider such
Cynthia E. Jones
it's just my imagination, but I was under the impression
that the entire film "Traffic" was an argument for legalization.
Just by virtue of all the needless death (improbable
though those scenes may have been), bullshit government
jobs that don't do anything (played by the actual government
lackeys!), and denial--the way those kids left their
friend at the front steps of the hospital (although
I don't know about the cops' immediate and swift response
there)...Michael Douglas' character goes on about "treatment"
and I think that Soderbergh was using that as an alias
for "legalization." It's the Hollywood way.
is the cause of 500,000 non-violent drug-related incarcerations
as we speak! I wholeheartedly agree with you that drugs
should be legalized. But since Soderbergh didn't come
across with a message that you agree with, have you
ever thought of touching upon that issue yourself in
don't buy that "treatment" is another way of saying
"legalization." I agree that the film is aying the war
on drugs is being poorly run, but I never got any sense
that it was saying that there shouldn't be one. Reagrding
making that point myself, if I had a good story that
exemplified it, perhaps I would. But the story is the
know I can always count on you to brighten my day by
reading one of your reviews. Even if I completely disagree,
they are more interesting and entertaining than all
of those fart-in-a-windtunnel critics combined. I'm
referring to Traffic, Eyes Wide Shut, & The Matrix.
Now you know that of course I loved The Matrix. My only
complaint was that it was they type of movie that Rob
& Sam should have been making after Darkman & Hard Target.
They are even friends with Geof Darrow. And Hong Kong
action mixed with Sci-Fi? Instead they missed the ball
and did a horrible half hour TV show rip off too late.
Eyes Wide Shut: For me that movie was all about dangerous
tempation and flirtation. Which, being a married man
I can relate to. I've found that mostly married people
love the movie and single people dont. TRAFFIC: the
review that inspired me to write to you. I'll admit
that since the very early 80's movies have been getting
worse. And this year was the worst. My opinion of this
years movies is so low that I wont be terribly upset
by anyone who wins an oscar this year. though I really
want Ellen Bursten to win. Like most movies this year
I liked Traffic but I didn't love it. In fact REquiem
for a Dream is the only movie I'll be picking up on
DVD this year. Than's how I rate movies now. I ask the
question will I buy it on DVD? Back to Traffic, I think
part of the point of that movie was not to have a point
of view. Let the audince make up their own minds. If
Michael Douglas was the lead then the audience, like
him, would be cluless about the problem. If Don Chealde
was the lead, once again, the audience would have been
cluless about the problem, and if Benicio was the lead,
the audience would have been even more confused than
with the other 2 combined. For me the message was: you
can't win the war. only by winning small battles can
there be any hope. Don get he bug in the house, Michael
Douglas starts to take responsbility as a father to
his daughter. & Benicio is able to build up his community.
I do not believer that legalization would solve the
problem. It would greatly reduce the violence between
gangs. The govenment will be saving bilions and even
making billions. Then the govenment could spend that
money on, Education, rehabilitation & building strong
families and communities. Underage kids will alwasy
be able to get drugs. How many kinds in your liftime
have you known that wanted booze or cigaretts that wen't
able to get them? None. I know I'm probably rambling
and further convincing you that I'm full of shit. But
that's o'kay, there is somthing about the image of those
fused vertebae in your neck that just brightens my whole
day. Keep it up & good for you for smaking a big fat
joint after the movie. These days I hardly ever feel
the need to smoke pot anymore. PS: sorry for the spelling
I've always enjoyed and respected your opinions, even
when they differ from mine, which is usually. You were
frequently the only person I could get a straight answer
from about scripts I'd written for Ren Pix. Thanks for
don't have any questions for you just a few comments.
I just finished (with amusement) reading your article
on "The End of an Era: Xena's
Final Wrap". I would like to say "thank you" for
giving us a glimpse of behind-the-scenes. I've only
been a Xena and Hercules fan a couple of years and in
that short time those shows have really grown on me,
especially Xena. I know the reasons for that is because
Rob, Lucy, and Renee always seem so gracious when the
media are around and they come across as geniunely caring
about their fans. And so, on that note, thank you for
being so gracious in sharing your experiences with us.
I can see that is one of the reasons why you are a part
of the Renaissance family.
again, it's been my pleasure. Thanks for watching.
was checking out the site and I ran across the
peice that Bruce Campbell wrote about you. It made
me wonder if the western that the two of you were going
to make ever started to pan out. I'm very curious about
it and I think that Bruce Campbell would do a great
job in a Western setting, like we have already seen
in BRISCO COUNTY. So any news about this? I know Bruce
is quite busy at the moment and that the SAG strike
is just around the bend, but I would love to see this
film as soon as possible. Thanks for your time. Take
both love to do it, all we need is the financing. Oh,
Elaine (Dev) Rugne
you to be that close to two gorgeous women like Lucy
and Renee! Hey, thanks for doing some of the best eps
on Xena, it sucks BIG that this show is over!! Oh well,
take it easy!
you so much for sharing this with us. It really hit
home that the show is almost over. There will never
be another Xena. Thanks for all the wonderful memories
you've given us, both on-screen and here at your website.
Linda & Dev:
was entirely my pleasure.
do you approach setting up your shots? Do you work from
content outward? Images that you get while writing?
Storyboard to music? For myself I egt a touch worried
that I might miss out on a small shot that says a lot,
as opposed to just going for pretty shots.
work from the script. What do I want or need to see
dramatically and I make a list. At the accelerated pace
at which I usually shoot, it's hard enough just getting
those shots. However, it's also a very good idea to
keep your eyes open to really look at your location
or your set and see if there aren't cool things lurking
around. The art director on "Lunatics" put these really
cool John & Jackie Kennedy bookends on the set without
mentioning them. When I saw them I got a close-up that
I ended up using. On basic level, though, it's what
do you absolutely NEED.
a young, therefore new script writer, i would like to
know the best way to get your work even looked at by
the people who matter.
have never managed to figure that out, because whoever
they are are certainly not reading my scripts. I do
wish you all the luck in the world, though.
Cynthia E. Jones
watched "Almost Famous" last night. It was almost good.
My theory is that movie critics are journalists, right?
And it's a movie about a journalist, right? So it hit
a soft spot with all the writers, who are probably about
the age where they would have wanted to hang out with
Led Zepplin, right? So, they thought it was great because
it gave them a warm feeling inside.
for Kate Hudson getting nominated for an Oscar, well,
that's par for the course as I've not had faith in any
Oscar nods for a while. Soderbergh's attention gave
me pause, but I must remember it's one step away from
the Grammys as far as actual merit goes. Damn! Are there
no good, new movies left in the world?
guess I'll just have to make them myself.
that I've seen. I watched the first half hour of "Magnolia"
and it looks to be beyond horrible -- every scene is
played up at a meaningless dramatic climax for no reason
and is about nothing. It seemed almsot breathtaking
in it's awfulness.
to my shame, I just went to see TRAFFIC. I thought I
could justify it since a friend was paying for the tickets
but I only learned the hard way that nothing in life
is free! That's two and a half hours of my life I'm
NEVER getting back! If I'd cared about even ONE character
I may have been less unforgiving but alas, no such character
was to be found.
movies like these that make me wonder if I got into
the right profession.
my review attests, I'm right
there with you, dude. 2 1/2 hours that can never be
recovered. A frightful waste.
for posting your article about
Xena Wraps The End of An Era. It was a great read
and a very amusing one too, loved the vision of you
and the Desi Arnez impressions, better luck next time
Buddy. Would love to see you at Pasadena and if I do
promise I will creep up and say hello quietly, I won't
expose you to geekmania, seriously though it is good
fun you will enjoy yourself even if you are determined
not to. Thanks again Josh what a sweet man you are.
thanks. I am planning on going, we'll just see how bad
my agorophobia kicks in that day.
read your recent post about your experiences on the
Xena set. I found your anecdotes very interesting. Will
you be posting more anecdotes, or even creating a special
section on your site to regale us with stories of your
that's the extent of it. For the remainder of my New
Zealand anecdotes, check out my essay, "Directing
was wondering if you were planning on putting your screenplays
on an html format. I am particularly interested in the
script for "running time" but my winzip does not allow
me to download it for some reason. Thank you for your
the intrepid webmaster here, Shirley, would care to
field this question?
just tried downloading the "Running Time"
script .zip file & opening it, and had no problems.
It sounds like you're using WinZip's Internet Browser
Support Add-on, do you have the latest version (4.0,
build 3234, released September 2000)? If not, you should
probably download the upgrade; WinZip's page for it
read that you've directed another "Xena" episode--very
cool news. I (surprisingly enough) have become a fan
of the show, and I'm especially fond of the comedy episodes,
many of which you directed. "In Sickness and in Hell,"
"Fins, Femmes, and Gems," and "If the Shoe Fits" were
all quite funny.
that I've seen some of your television work, I'd be
interested in checking out some of your films. Do you
have a favorite you'd like to recommend, or should I
just go over to IMDB and point blindly at the screen?
I completely agreed with your assessment of "Gladiator";
I finally caught it on video recently--I haven't been
that bored with a film since "Forrest Gump." No, wait.
I'm forgetting "Jerry Maguire," debacle of 97.
out "Running Time," it's fairly easy to get and I think
it turned out pretty well. I'm quite pleased with "If
I Had a Hammer," but it's not available yet.
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HAVE A QUESTION:
IS THE OLDEST PEOPLE THAT WON AN AWARD.
HAVE THIS ANSWERS WHICH IS?
don't know what those last names mean, other than Wayne,
which I assume is John Wayne, who was 62 when he won
his Oscar. Ruth Gordon was 72 when she won for "Rosemary's
Baby;" Don Ameche was 77 when he won for "Cocoon;" Helen
Hayes was 70 when she won for "Airport" (she had previously
won an Oscar 39 years earlier, as well); Michael Caine
was just 66 when he won for "Cider House Rules." If
you get into the honorary awards, then there are many
older folks that have won.
the status of Hammer? Any chance of you entering it
into the Chicago Undergound Film Fest?
is done and it's going out to distribution companies.
It won't be in the Chicago Undergound Film Festival,
although Jay Bliznick, who runs the festival, is a friend
got me, I was debating whether or not to qualify my
question with: ...or, since you're a man, perhaps I
should word it, "...the last film that stirred your
emotions, stuck a cord with you, so that you think about
the film exemplifying grief, beauty, the human spirit,
etc...in a compelling way," since I know it is asking
alot of an American male to admit they are moved to
the point of tears.
I was trying not to be wordy, maybe I should just ask,
what's the last film that's given you the warm fuzzies?
(and don't say "Bambi" when you were six!)
--Enjoyed your reflections
on the end of the RenPics era. Since I'm a gal,
I freely admit to shedding a tear or two over Xena stories,
and I am reserving quite a few for the final episodes
and hopefully some behind the scenes footage of Lucy,
Renee and Rob addressing the crew. (Entertainment Tonight
aired footage from Herc's wrap party). Say, do you know
if any entertainment news crews were there for the final
bet there have been news crews there, but there weren't
any when I was shooting. I must say, however, that "Bambi"
really did move me when I was seven or eight. I was
kind of moved by Harvey Kietel and his situation in
"Shadrach" and the fact that he didn't have the words
to express his frustration. Of course, William Wyler's
pictures continue to work on me over and over again.
I just watched the DVD of "Friendly Persuasion" and
was moved. "The Best Years of Our Lives" and "Mrs. Miniver"
never fail. Also, I just love "Marty," and when it cuts
to Betsy Blair watching Ed Sullivan with her parents
and waiting for Marty to call, I always want to cry.
Also, when Marty calls the girl he met at the RKO Chester
Theater and she blows him off always breaks my heart.
Regarding new movies, they're mostly so goddamn awful
and not hooking me on any emotional level, therefore
nothing can possibly move me.
was the last film that made you cry?
A--cry in the really satisfying way, where you feel
moved that you'd just been told a poignant story, and
upon reflection, pleases you--"Billy Elliot".
in the cheesy, I've been pulled along by predictable
cheap canned sentiment, but dammit, I cried anyway,
don't cry at movies. I don't cry at all, unless someone
dear to me dies. I'm a boy. Girls are the ones crying
all the time. The only tears I might have shed in "Titanic"
were tears of extreme boredom, or perhaps the pain caused
by Bruce Campbell's elbow as he repeatedly poked me
in the ribs and kept whispering in my ear, "Is this
the good part?" since it was my stupid idea to see the
film. As for "Billy Elliot," I don't think you could
get me into that one kicking and screaming.
have a question about directing and edititng. When you
begin a project, (like a Xena episode) do you ultimately
have control over the editing and wardrobe choices?
Or is this out of your hands once filming is complete?
Who gets the final say in what we see on the screen?
And thanks for allowing yourself to be accessible to
regard to a "Xena" episode, the crew does everything
they can to give the director what he or she envisions.
I'd get two weeks of prep, meeting with all the department
heads, including the costume designer, and relate to
them what I have in mind -- if anything -- and they
do what they can to give it to me. All of the costume
designer sketches go to the producers, too, and if they
don't like something I've chosen, including casting,
they change it. About the editing, the editor assembles
the show, then the director gets three days to change
it however they'd like, then it goes to the producers
and they do whatever they'd like. At least in my case,
99% of what you're seeing is my director's cut.
wanted to let you know that Eddie Wilson announced that
Renee and Steve are expecting their first baby. I wasn't
sure if you heard the news or not.
don't know who Eddie Wilson is, but I had heard about
Renee. I wish her and Steve all the very best.
i got to say is the scripts are awesome and i wanna
become an actor when i grow up...that's what i'm majoring
in ...so if u ever need a actor...i don't care what
kind of part...just call me or email me....i'll do it
well I won't grow up! So there!
am a aspiring screenwriter and I have say I was inspired
by you. Keep up with the good work. I have faith in
you. I am currently writing a screenplay and have many
other ideas. My goal is to write six great screenplays
before I begin summiting them to production companies.
Maybe, someday you will direct one of my stories.
James Bond said, "Never say never," but I'm primarily
interested in directing my own scripts. I wish you all
the luck in the world, however. Perhaps instead of waiting
until you've written six great scripts before submitting
one, you simply wait until you've written one good one
and submit that. Submit to whom, is yet a whole other
can of worms.
saw your painting for FXM, can you give me any contact
info for FXM? Another thing, where are you located?
My sister is an independent film maker. Just wanted
to see if you guys could sometime cross connect, maybe
help each other out with connections
the hell are you talking about? What's FXM? What painting?
Cynthia E. Jones
just got through watching "It's All True," the "documentary"
about Orson's film of the same name started in 1942.
I read that you were disappointed with this film, and
I'd just like to second that. It was a poorly constructed
piece, and the music didn't seem to fit at all. I think
that these filmmakers are imagining that just because
Welles' name is attached to it, we'd be satisfied. The
thing about Welles is, his name doesn't neccessarily
mean GREATNESS, it means the possibility of greatness--which
seems to only occur when the studios leave him alone.
also watched "Wonder Boys," and as far as that question:
Why did they put the dog in Tobey MacGuire's bed? Because
that's stoner logic. Also, I think Michael Douglas wanted
to get caught in some way in order to stop--that was
the decision he made. The film is all about people who
let things happen instead of making decisions. Putting
the dog in the trunk was not a decision--putting it
in the bed was. That's my theory. A stupid act--yes--but
one that guaranteed getting caught and therefore some
sort of ACTION.
I'm having a lovely time in Sacramento, and I'm completely
stoked because Bruce (Campbell, of course) agreed to
let me interview him in May for my paper. So hooray!
Will you be attending the Xena convention festivities
in Pasadena with Bruce and Ted, or will you be at home,
avoiding the geeks?
a lovely Monday.
may actually go to that convention, since it's sort
of the biggest and the last. But I wouldn't be surprised
if I decide against going at the last minute.
somewhere in the archives you referred to Ang Lee as
a literal director. I was wondering what you meant by
Federico Fellini and Luis Bunuel are surrealists; Ang
Lee, William Wyler, and myself are literalists, meaning
we're hooked to the literal word as well as the literal
world. Our movies are, for the most part, not fantasies,
surreal or hyper-real, they take place in the plain
old real world and the rules of the real world apply.
The only time Ang Lee has broken the rules of the real
world in any of his movies is in the fights in "Crouching
Tiger." If you watch "The Bride With White Hair," which
was obviously an influence on CTHD, it's entirely a
fantasy or a fable. CTHD is entirely in the real world,
except for the fights, which is ridiculous as far as
Kevin Smith be in the final episodes of Xena?
Kevin's final episode is my final episode, "Soul Possession."
you get busy for a couple of days, don't take the time
to visit Josh's posting board, and just look what happens
to the "salon"! It is truly *fantastic* to read the
diversity, and depth, of film discussions that have
been taking place here lately. Or, as the kids say,
*you rule*! ;)
back when, you made some very good points about the
shortcomings in "Wonder Boys" and Albert Finney's performance
in "Erin Brockovich." Maybe it was just because so many
other films last year were so crappy that "WB" seemed
better than it was, or maybe it was because the dialogue
seemed wittier than most, but, yeah, you're right, the
plot was just ridiculous. No one since 1980 has an important
document that they haven't made a Xerox copy of, or
just plain put on a disk. And why did they put the dead
dog in the kid's bed? Why, because that was the *quirky*
thing to do! ;) As for Finney's accent being distracting,
maybe I *wanted* distraction from Julia Roberts' overrated
(one-dimensional) performance. And the SAG gave both
of them awards, esp. after they were so perceptive about
naming Benicio Del Toro best actor? (OK, I know, you
haven't seen "Traffic" yet, and I certainly don't claim
it's one of the greatest films ever, but it certainly
had some great elements, one of which was Del Toro's
performance.) Sigh. Must stop trying to find logic in
awards shows, because there simply is none.
think it was Jim/Starion who brought up the topic of
documentaries, but the ones he mentioned liking -- Crumb,
Mr. Death, etc. -- were all pretty dark, stylistic and
extreme. I've seen some documentaries that I would certainly
recommend, but they were more traditional: examination
of a situation & telling the story in the voices of
the participants, mostly in on-camera interviews. I
particularly liked "Into the Arms of Strangers," which
I've mentioned here before, and "Sound and Fury," which
starts out boringly (a bad idea, of course), but gets
very emotionally involving after about 5 minutes. "Long
Night's Journey into Day," about the Truth and Reconciliation
trials in South Africa, is also pretty interesting,
but, given the amazing subject matter, this is a film
that could have been about 9000 more powerful; disappointing
when a film doesn't make best use of its resources.
"Legacy" is another interesting documentary, but I felt
it doesn't prove its central premise: that the murder
by drive-by violence of an African-American kid with
a promising future motivated his surviving family members
to take action to better their lives.
documentaries, I would most heartily recommend the winner
of last year's Oscar for documentary short (one of the
best choices by the entire Academy in recent years!),
"King Gimp," which has aired on HBO and in various film
festivals. I do have a bias about this one; I've met
the filmmakers, and I really respect their integrity
and sense of storytelling. And the writer of the film,
Dan Keplinger, who is also the subject of the film,
is an amazingly courageous, talented, bright and determined
guy. The lousy irony is, many people tend to dismiss
him outright, treating Dan like he's stupid or helpless
or useless just because he uses a wheelchair and has
cerebral palsy, a physical ailment that doesn't impair
his intelligence in the slightest. So he takes that
and turns it around -- making himself a "king" among
"gimps." Cool guy!
I wanted to ask you if you have any interest at all
in animated films? I don't mean necessarily the big
Disney-style, wants-to-be-a-Broadway-musical types (though
I do admit a fondness for "Mulan"), but also the short,
experimental types. I particularly like when animation
is used for satirical purposes, like "South Park: Bigger,
Longer & Uncut" (which, although it certainly gloried
in its own overusage of colorful words and, ahem, sexual
combinations, but was nonetheless a hysterical spoof
of Broadway musicals and other animated films, and also
took on censorship, media hype, etc.), or the short
film "Rejected." by Don Hertzfeldt, which is in this
year's pool of Oscar nominees. Have you ever seen any
of the "Spike & Mike's Sick & Twisted Animated Film
Festivals" (that's where both the South Park guys and
Hertzfeldt, among others, first got national exposure)?
If so, what did you think?
back to the ol' grind. Hope all is well for you. Keep
us posted on developments with "If I Had A Hammer,"
and all your other interesting writing & directing projects.
I'm looking forward to reading the script of "Devil
Dogs"...whenever I get time... :)
liked "King Gimp," particularly for the way it compressed
14 years into 60 minutes. I used to be a big fan of
animation as a kid and I really do love the Warners
and the Fleischer cartoons, but I just can't stand the
Disney stuff. Back when Walt was alive it was OK, but
now it's entirely unbearable. Shit like "The Lion King,"
"Aladdin" or "Hercules" are purely excremental.
like Orson Welles?
thought you said at one time or another that the only
good movies he made as a director were "Citizen Kane",
"The Magnificant Ambersons", and "Touch of Evil". I
personally love "The Trial" and "Chimes at Midnight"
any rate, I'm curious as to what you think about his
last movie. I've seen three or four clips over the years
from his never released "The Other Side of the Wind".
It's always been my feeling (just from the little I've
seen) that it probably wouldn't have been a very good
movie, and may stand best as the great, unknown last
work by a masterful director, than what it may well
could have been...A dreadfully photographed, horribly
acted, incomprensible blob.
your take? Or do you even long to see this picture since
your don't really care for the majority of Welles' directorial
the way, I saw "The Third Man" last night for the first
time in my life. I thought it was ridiculous. Boring,
overrated, poorly acted, hard to follow. The famous
ending deserves to be famous. And the first shot of
Welles in the door lit by the window was great. But
these little moments don't make a movie. It was no where
nearly as good as I was expecting.
of what I've said sounds very negative (it is) but I
am a huge fan of Orson Welles. I just think he flickered
out a few times.
loving three of his films make me a fan? I also like
"The Stranger," too. I do agree with you about "The
Third Man," which I've never really cared for. I find
the famous zither score particularly annoying. Regarding
Mr. Carol Reed, if you get a chance check out "The Fallen
Idol" or "Odd Man Out." About "The Other Side of the
Wind," which I'd certainly like to see just to see it,
I don't hold out any hope. It was like finally getting
to see Welles' documentary, "It's All True," after all
these years and it turns out to be a big nothing.
Cynthia E. Jones
currently reading "Rosebud," the "story of Orson Welles"
by David Thomson. So far, it's interesting, but he seems
terrified of Welles, as though he was an imposing father
figure of sorts to the author. While I'm glad to get
the information, I don't know about the attitude..but
that's the curse of biographies. Unabashed love or weird
there any other books about Welles that you could recommend?
I'm a huge fan of his work, and a great admirer of the
man... I like his ideas of theatrical moments, not wanting
to commit anything to film because that's how people
would always remember you. To freeze a performance seemed
to really bother him. But...that's filmmaking. It's
hard for an actor to direct himself, I think.
as always for your continued support.
am a great a fan of Welles. I think about "The Magnificent
Ambersons" all the time. As I've said before, it was
the initial inspiration for my film "If I Had a Hammer."
I particularly like Peter Bogdanovich's book "This is
Orson Welles," which is entirely made up of very good
interviews, so you can clearly hear his voice. I also
quite liked Barbara Leaming's biography.