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Action on the Beach (1964)

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Behind the scenes look at the D-Day special effects created in filming The Americanization of Emily (1964).

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The D-Day invasion scene in The Americanization of Emily (1964) lasts approximately 3 minutes on the screen. However, it took four months of setup work to prepare the location for shooting. This short shows how the production crew handled the various challenges they faced. The scene was filmed on an unidentified California beach. Sand had to be dredged; special scaffolding had to be built to accommodate the cameras and sound equipment; and explosives had to be placed properly (and safely) to simulate shelling by German troops. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@verizon.net>

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Action on the Beach is an interesting curio about the filming of a certain sequence in The Americanization of Emily
24 July 2014 | by See all my reviews

The recent death of James Garner got me to finally borrow The Americanization of Emily from my local library. In the DVD there was also some extras like the theatrical trailer, commentary from director Arthur Hiller, and this-a promotional film from M-G-M that probably was shown on TV after a movie that ran short in the two-hour timeslot. It showcased the filming of the D-Day Invasion sequence from pre-production with producer Martin Ransohoff climbing some of the scaffolding to Arthur Hiller directing stars Garner and James Coburn through their paces. We also see the crew having lunch and setting up shots and lighting (even during sunny days). Not mentioned is the anti-heroic characterizations of Garner and Coburn though when this ends with a scene from the movie with Garner and Julie Andrews in a loving embrace, she mentions how she can love James' character but wouldn't want to marry him! Interesting curio for anyone getting the DVD.

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