By Gary Morris
‘Action!’ provides nineteen striking interviews with administrators prior and current, from around the globe, operating in a number of genres, budgets and creation environments from significant studios to indie and DIY. the result's a colourful team portrait of the filmmaking paintings, a type of pageant in phrases that explores every little thing from the large inventive and private satisfactions to the demanding situations and frustrations of the process.
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He was athletic, Dwan says, but not always smart. 14 ACTION! In the elaborate Robin Hood (1922), he used a trampoline to cross a 30-foot moat. The director had to cut when he landed on the wall instead of over it. “Fairbanks was too dazed to do anything but hang onto the wall’s vines,” he laughs. ” He liked to do ballet leaps, and whenever he affected a ballet pose, with one arm up and one arm trailing, Dwan would ask him, “What the hell was that? ” The actor liked to play practical jokes. He’d wire a chair in his dressing room and when visitors came and sat down, they’d get an electric shock.
There’s always a certain amount of camera improvisation,” he says. “If a man is being pursued and the pursuers are more interesting than the pursued, I’ll track to include them. DWAN 15 Things would occur on the set and sometimes ahead of time. ” He put new facings on the Heidi set, originally a New York street, to transform it into Frankfurt, Germany. ” I ask him about Daryl Zanuck. Dwan says, “it was mutual hatred. ” Dwan usually paid no attention to him. Zanuck was pleased with Suez (1938).
He talks just the way he did. I saw Bogdanovich’s new picture, Saint Jack, at Bogdanovich’s house the other night and Raoul wanted to know all about it. ” “I’d like to have been there,” he said. ” He couldn’t see it. Do you remember Gregory La Cava [1892–1952]? Oh, yes. He was a subtle guy, very quiet, but full of fun. Most of his remarks were humorous. Basically he was a comedian, inside himself. It didn’t always come out that way, but he thought funny. Sometimes it became cynical. If I remember right, he drank a lot.