Tag: director

February 2, 2013 /

Listen, don’t ever put cream cheese in guacamole, it’s just gross.

January 31, 2013 /

How does a young lady who hops aboard a train in New York City without her luggage and ticket end up serenaded by “The Ale and Quail” club? And, breakfast with a stranger dressed in a pajama top and blanket skirt? You’ll have to watch “The Palm Beach Story” to…

January 3, 2013 /

I thought I recognized one of my father’s friends in this picture from 1968. But, who did I spy in the right hand lower corner but director Doug Liman? Betcha you didn’t know he was a time traveler… One of his films in the pipeline, “Everest”, about George Mallory’s ascent…

December 27, 2012 /

But then, I’d have to kill you. Let’s talk about nondisclosure agreements and secrecy in movie production. The norm is to hand out numbered movie scripts to department heads with the name of the reader superimposed in grey over each page. Some particularly squirrelish folks print the script on red…

December 7, 2012 /
December 6, 2012 /

That’s the standard line, anyway. Disney’s animation was happy and Fleischer’s was hallucinatory. Frankly, when I was a kid early animation freaked me out. Only when I was older did I appreciate what innovators both these men were – and by then my dad had stopped grousing about Walt, possibly…

October 10, 2012 /

Cinematographer James Wong Howe. Director W.S. Van Dyke.

September 25, 2012 /

A nice publicity still showing director Fritz Lang conferring with actress Joan Bennett and costume designer Travis Banton over a wardrobe sketch. Later we’ll talk about the influence of Fritz Lang (“M” and “Metropolis”) on filmmaking  – and how costume designers like Travis Banton of Paramount created looks that conveyed…

September 10, 2012 /

“His Girl Friday” starring Rosiland Russell and Cary Grant: Hildy Johnson:  Now, get this, you double-crossing chimpanzee: There ain’t going to be any interview and there ain’t going to be any story. And that certified check of yours is leaving with me in twenty minutes. I wouldn’t cover the burning…