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The Man and His Dream: A Francis Ford Coppola Profile (Part 4)

30 November 2010 11:28 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Trevor Hogg profiles the career of legendary filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola in the fourth of a five-part feature... read parts one, two and three.

“[Preston Tucker] developed plans for a car way ahead of its time in terms of engineering; yet the auto industry at large stubbornly resisted his innovative ideas,” remarked moviemaker Francis Ford Coppola who wanted to do a musical on the life and times of the post-World War II maverick car designer with Leonard Bernstein composing the music. The project was stalled with the financial collapse of Coppola’s studio. “I thought it was the best project Francis had ever been involved with,” stated filmmaker George Lucas (American Graffiti). “No studio in town would touch it; they all said it was too expensive. They all wanted $15 million Three Men and a Baby [1987] movies or Crocodile Dundee, Part 73 sequels.” Lucas agreed to provide the funding for the $24 million budget which »

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Cinema Retro Covers Major Ray Harryhausen London Tribute

20 July 2010 7:58 AM, PDT | | See recent CinemaRetro news »

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(Photo copyright Adrian Smith. All rights reserved)

Ray Harryhausen: Myths and Legends

By Adrian Smith

On the 29th June one of the world’s most legendary filmmakers celebrated his 90th birthday. To coincide with this, the London Film Museum is hosting a brand new exhibition devoted to the great man himself. Cinema Retro was fortunate enough to attend the event and join in the birthday celebrations, alongside such notable guests as John Landis, Terry Gilliam, Peter Jackson and special effects guru Rick Baker.

Rick Baker and John Landis get uncomfortably close to a sword-wielding skeleton. (Photo copyright Adrian Smith. All rights reserved.)

Gilliam was very clear at to why he was in attendance. “I’ve been a fan, like most people, especially my generation I think, because we grew up with his monsters, his creatures, his Greek mythology even. What I »

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