June 2017

The Making of ‘Superman the Movie’ (1978)

June 10, 2017 // 0 Comments

   James Caan was offered $4 million to play the title role in Superman but he refused it. Marlon Brando rang him and asked, ‘What’s the matter? Isn’t the money enough?’ Caan replied: ‘The money’s incredible…but you don’t have to wear the suit.’ Robert Redford and Clint Eastwood were also offered the role. Redford wanted too much money and Eastwood was too busy to accept it. [...]

‘THE MISSOURI BREAKS’ (1974) – A Brando Misfire.

June 8, 2017 // 0 Comments

                           When Marlon Brando turned down the Oscar for his performance in The Godfather (1972), it was to protest the depiction and treatment of Native Americans in Hollywood westerns. He even sent a friend of his, Sacheen Littlefeather, along to the Academy Awards to reject the statuette on his behalf and to read a rather lengthy statement he had prepared. The [...]

‘SPLENDOR IN THE GRASS’ (1961) – Natalie, Warren & Bob

June 6, 2017 // 0 Comments

  Stars Natalie Wood and Warren Beatty in Elia Kazan’s Splendor in the Grass (1961) were supposed to be playing teenagers, but were in fact 22 and 23 years old respectively at the time of filming. Kazan simply surrounded them with more actors in their twenties, rather than players in their teens, so that his subjects would not appear out of place. This was Beatty’s movie debut, yet crew [...]

‘DOCTOR ZHIVAGO’ (1965) – the making of a masterpiece.

June 4, 2017 // 0 Comments

Doctor Zhivago was released in the same year as The Sound of Music and was almost as successful, finishing second behind that picture in the race for box-office champion of 1965. Furthermore, of all the movies produced by MGM in its entire history, only Gone with the Wind (1939) made more money for the studio. In 2010 ‘Zhivago’ was named as the 8th greatest grossing film of all time after [...]

‘AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER’ (1957) – the 5th greatest romance of all time?

June 2, 2017 // 0 Comments

Lately, I have been making a point of catching up on famous movies that, for various reasons, I never got around to seeing when they were released. I mainly watch them to see what all the fuss was about. Leo McCarey’s An Affair to Remember is one of those fifties romances that reportedly had theatre-goers diving into their handbags in search of handkerchiefs, desperate to dry their eyes before [...]
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