The soundtrack narration of the 2002 film “The Kid Stays in the Picture”, in which lead actor Robert Evans portrays all the other characters as well as himself, is taken directly from the recording of the audio-book version of his autobiography. The title of the film comes from producer Darryl F. Zanuck’s response to executives wanting to fire Evans from the lead role of the 1957’s “The Sun Also Rises”. Evans was truly a great guy to have a documentary made about him and such commitment from Zanuck to keep him in the film.
“If you live by the sword, know damn well you can die by it.”
– Robert Evans, “The Kid Stays in the Picture”
The 1954 film “The Last Time I Saw Paris” had an interesting clerical error in its copyright policy. The film was released in 1954, however, there was an error with the Roman numerals in the copyright notice showing “MCMXLIV” which translates into 1944, meaning the term of copyright started 10 years before the film was actually released. Thus, the normal 28-year copyright term ended just 18-years after the film was released instead and MGM neglected to renew it presumably because they believed there was still 10 years left in the term. Interesting how a single error caused that mishap.
“I joined a gym but didn’t get any fitter. Apparently, you have to go.”
– Diana Hardcastle, “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”
In filmmaking you need to be careful as to not get attention from people when making films in public. This is especially difficult when you attempt to be ambitious. This goes as far back as 1965’s “The Ipcress File”.
During production of this film, two large Victorian terrace houses, at 28 and 30 Grosvenor Gardens, London, were used as studios and the two houses were converted into one huge house containing 40 rooms. These were enlarged or divided according to requirements with fourteen rooms used as studios. The other rooms were turned into dressing rooms, wardrobe department, hairdressing, make-up, production offices, a property department and a self-contained restaurant capable of feeding and seating 120 people!
This all was kept secret to keep away sight-seers and autograph hunters with even lead actor Michael Caine being driven to work in an inconspicuous car and had to sneak in the back way. As a front, a large sign was painted at the entrance to the film studios that read “The Dalby Employment Agency”. In film you have to think big.
“There are two kinds of people I can’t stand – those who are intolerant of other cultures and the Dutch.”
– Michael Caine, “Austin Powers in Goldmember”
The 1971 crime thriller “Klute” was the first installment of what informally came to be known as director Alan J. Pakula’s “paranoia trilogy”. The other two films in the trilogy are 1974’s “The Parallax View” and 1976’s “All The President’s Men”.
“Rudeness is merely the expression of fear.”
– Ralph Fiennes, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
The 2014 film “Fury” will feature the last surviving operational Tiger I tank. The vehicle, known as Tiger 131, belongs to the Bovington Tank Museum and it’s the first time a real Tiger tank, not a prop version, has been used on a film set. Authenticity is always welcome I suppose.
– Eric Paul, “Blue is the Warmest Color”