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Nickelodeon (1976)

PG  |   |  Comedy  |  21 December 1976 (USA)
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This homage to the childhood days of the motion pictures starts in 1910, when the young attorney Leo Harrigan by chance meets a motion picture producer. Immediately he's invited to become a... See full summary »

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Judge
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Edna Mae Gilhooley
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Patents Hooligan
Mathew Anden ...
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Lorenzo Music ...
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This homage to the childhood days of the motion pictures starts in 1910, when the young attorney Leo Harrigan by chance meets a motion picture producer. Immediately he's invited to become a writer for him - the start of a sensational career. Soon he's promoted to a director and shoots one silent movie after the other in the tiny desert village Cacamonga with a small crew of actors. But the competition is hard: the patent agency sends out Buck Greenway to sabotage them. When they visit L.A., his crew is surprised by a new species: fans! Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Before Rhett kissed Scarlett. Before Laurel met Hardy. Before Butch Cassidy met the Sundance Kid. Before any movie ever made you laugh or cry or fall in love. There was a handful of adventurers who made flickering pictures you could see for a nickel. See more »

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$9,000,000 (estimated)
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The projectors showing The Birth of a Nation (1915) toward the end of the film are Powers model 6B. The projectors are correct for the period but the arc lamps being used are not. They are Strong Electric low intensity reflector lamps and would not be manufactured for another decade. The correct lamp would have been an older rectangular shaped condenser arc. See more »

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Franklin Frank: Okay, then you tell the actors what you want them to do in front of the camera, you tell me to crank it, and when you've had enough you just tell me to cut.
Leo Harrigan: Cut?
Franklin Frank: Then you do the same thing all over again with the next scene, and well, that's it.
Leo Harrigan: That's it?
Franklin Frank: That's it.
Leo Harrigan: That's all D.W. Griffith does?
Franklin Frank: Sure, more or less. They tell me Griffith doesn't say "cut", he says "cease".
Leo Harrigan: Griffith says "cease". Well, I can do that.
Franklin Frank: Then you can direct. Let's go.
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not as bad as it's said to be
26 April 2005 | by (Vancouver, Canada) – See all my reviews

The critical "view" of this film is that it's a dog. But that's only true if you want to see films through the eyes of critics; and when this one came out, the critics were gunning for Bogdanovich. Why? Who knows. They were gunning for Spielberg when "1941" came out, the difference being that Spielberg bounced back. Bogdanovich never really did, but that doesn't make "Nickelodeon" a bad film. True, it has no appreciable story, but it's a nifty little love letter to the makers of those early movies; which is why it has equal parts slapstick and straight drama. It's affectionate rather than melodramatic, and has a convincing evocation of what it must have been like to be around, scuffling on the edges of fame and fortune with this weird new invention, motion pictures. It's not going to scare you, or thrill you with wall to wall CGI pyrotechnics, it doesn't have a cast of thousands, and it didn't bankrupt a studio to make it. It's a good little film, well made, solidly cast and directed, and in general, well acted. A lot of what we like in film depends on our expectations. The critics were gunning for Bogdanovich because they were expecting Art with a capital A; instead what they got were a lifelong film fan's notes. Enjoy.


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