A look behind the scenes at one of the more controversial thillers of the 90's, and the one that made Sharon Stone a top-name star. Includes interviews with Stone and footage of some of the...
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A look behind the scenes at one of the more controversial thillers of the 90's, and the one that made Sharon Stone a top-name star. Includes interviews with Stone and footage of some of the hard work that went into making the movie, as well as some discussion of the problems the makers had to deal with, including protests from groups who wanted the film changed or simply abandoned. Written by
Jean-Marc Rocher <email@example.com>
Imagining a Sexy, Killing, Lesbian, Queer, Machine??? - or just a movie
I don't know what Sharon Stone got paid for this documentary, but it probably wasn't much (since it is more of a publicity thing) and it was worth it.
This documentary of Basic Instinct was including in the Basic Instict special edition (both versions) DVD under special features. I didn't have much in terms of expectations, but the documentary surpassed them. Later, after watching the Total Recall's documentary, mainly because the two DVD's where widely advertised together, similarities were seen
While the backgrounds of the interviews in this edition are mainly the same as those used in Total Recall (and vice versa), the magic (or goodness) seems only to be in the Basic Instict documentary. For starters, instead of bringing Sharon Stone in for live interviews for Total Recall, archive footage is used. However, this practice makes little sense because Sharon Stone is interviewed for Basic Instinct. While, Total Recall uses the same archive footage trick for other actors, Basic Instict has the money to bring in other people/actors who worked on the project (hmm. imagine that).
Even the backstory on Basic Instict is much more interesting (instead of a bankrupt project that Arnold Schwarzenegger saves, we have stories of Queer Nation, of attempts to rewrite the story to satisfy gays and lesbians who thought the movie was gay bashing because of a sexy lesbian killing machine (or Basic Instinct is just a good psycological thriller, but that is just me), of Picketting, of the movie thriving despite the fact that the ending was giving away (Queer Nation published it), and of the questionable ending that it is (i.e. what does it mean??).
However, the movie is not perfect, there was no talk about the sequel, that is on-again, off-again.
In the end, the movie Imagining Total Recall is just OK and the movie Blonde Poison: The Making of Basic Instinct is better, even if only by a stab.
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