By Peter Hay
Hollywood, Walter Winchell quipped, is the place they shoot too many video clips and never adequate actors. continuously searching for an perspective, constantly, scheming, constantly the scene of clashing egos, the motion picture is the place they position you below agreement rather than observation--and in case you have nothing great to claim, write it down. "In 1940, I had my selection among Hitler and Hollywood," French director Ren? Clair recalled, "and I most well-liked Hollywood--just a little."In motion picture Anecdotes, Peter Hay treats us to a pleasant journey throughout the international that has captivated audiences for nearly a century, with tales which are usually hilarious, occasionally tragic, and constantly pleasing. he's taking us from the rough-and tumble early days (when one studio paid Pancho Villa $25,000 to release his assaults in basic terms in sunlight, after a movie group had organize) to the studio period (when Joan Crawford refused to move the road at the MGM lot other than in a chauffeured limousine) to the shenanigans of state-of-the-art international undefined. listed below are tales approximately the entire legends: Charlie Chaplin, Greta Garbo, John Barrymore, Mae West, Lucille Ball, Marilyn Monroe, Errol Flynn, Humphrey Bogart, Bette Davis, Judy Garland, Sophia Loren, John Wayne, and, after all, Ronald Reagan. There are the good administrators from D.W. Griffith, Hitchcock, and Eisenstein, to Kurosawa, Bergman, Visconti, Huston, Ford, and Woody Allen. And Hay has chosen stories of the writers, the wits, and the grand moguls, together with possibly the most important number of Goldwynisms--both real and apocryphal.Along with the laughter, this quantity recreates the conflicts that experience torn the motion picture international, from battles over funds and contracts, to discrimination, divorces, and scandals. colourful, really good, sour, funny--the tales approximately moviemaking are as awesome because the photos themselves. Now they've been amassed jointly in an impossible to resist bouquet that's absolute to satisfaction each motion picture buff and supply attention-grabbing insights for critical scholars of movie.
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When this venture failed, Archie Selwyn complained that his former associate had not only lost most of the Selwyns' money, but had also appropriated one-half of his name. Hollywood wits often wondered what would have happened if young Goldfish had taken the first half of the Selwyns' name and the last of his own. Then the famous malapropisms might now be called Selfishisms. Day Care Balaban & Katz were one of the early firms to make their fortune in the exhibition of motion pictures, starting in Chicago in 1917.
So they decided to reshoot the battle scenes in a studio, where everything could be under greater control. Arthur Mayer tells a similar story, when Paramount sent a crew to Nevada to shoot an atomic bomb test for War of the Worlds (1953). Finding the blinding flash and mushroom cloud inadequate, the special effects department was given the task of producing a more thrilling blast. Comedies of Errors The early studios cranked out movies at such a rate that errors were bound to occur. One clay copies of a script were left accidentally in the mailbox for two directors, who went out and both shot the same movie.
On the first morning Hal Roach copied every gesture of Fred Jackman's, and was careful only 29 300 Movie Anecdotes to speak in the most technical jargon. They shot a scene that day in which Harold Lloyd rolled clown a steep, rocky incline, but when they saw the rushes the next morning, it appeared as if he was going along level ground. The camera angle was such that it straightened out the incline, which meant that the whole sequence would have to be shot again, causing another series of bruises for Harold Lloyd.
Movie Anecdotes by Peter Hay