Relevant thoughts to this weeks lessons in Film Theory and History:
Films transition from silent to sound.
The use of montage.
Movie stars and their relations/perception with their public.
Image and sound juxtapose different truths throughout the film: from Don's invented spoken history of how he started in the movie business is spoken over a montage of his actual actions in less glamorous scenarios to the way he acts with Lina in the scenes they film together - kissing her…
A good De Palma film before he wanted to be a Scorcese rip-off with the Scarface/Carlito's Way gangster shit. A mix of Faust and Phantom of the Opera, it's a 70's rock musical that predates Rocky Horror Picture Show - it's funny and entertaining, the music is a great mix of 70's styles written by real-life music producer (and writer of a bunch of hits you'd probably recognise, including songs by Bowie and The Carpenters) Paul Williams - who also…
It's practically a historical document about gigantic idiots. These people have a stupid, paper-thin plot for a film & decide to put $17 million, their gone-askew hippy minds & utterly stoned bodies on the line to prove that man & beasts with giant fucking teeth can co-exist. Which they can't. As this film proves.
Reading the trivia on IMDb is like visiting Ogrish.com, the amount of people mauled & bitten on this film is frightening. The fact that the driving force behind it was…
I watched this ON A BOAT! The Tall Ship in Glasgow, to be precise. In the hull, where it was cold and damp & we had uncomfortable chairs, I was sat right at the front with a crick in my neck & the film jammed at "we're gonna need a bigger boat" - but I didn't care! Jaws is my favourite movie of all time, this was my favourite experience on a boat ever.