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How Star Wars Forced Ridley Scott To Make Alien

14 September 2015 9:36 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Making movies is a tough business, but it's also an artistic endeavor, and, like most such enterprises, inspiration plays an important part in the process. As filmmakers tend to be people who love movies, they also find motivation in the work of others, and Ridley Scott just revealed how Star Wars compelled him to make Alien. Talking to Deadline at the Toronto International Film Festival, where he is hyping his latest space odyssey, The Martian, Scott talked about the first time he saw Star Wars and the transformative impression it left on him. He said: I never saw or felt audience participation like that, in my life. The theater was shaking. When that Death Star came in at the beginning, I thought, I can't possibly do Tristan and Isolde, I have to find something else. By the time the movie was finished, it was so stunning that it »

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Oscar Film Series: Death and Music in Melodrama Saved by Crawford

27 July 2015 9:43 AM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'Humoresque': Joan Crawford and John Garfield. 'Humoresque' 1946: Saved by Joan Crawford Directed by Jean Negulesco from a screenplay by Clifford Odets and Zachary Gold (loosely based on a Fannie Hurst short story), Humoresque always frustrates me because its first 25 minutes are excruciatingly boring – until Joan Crawford finally makes her appearance during a party scene. Crawford plays Helen Wright, a rich society lush in love with a tough-guy violin player, Paul Boray (John Garfield), who happens to be in love with his music. Fine support is offered by Paul's parents, played by Ruth Nelson and the fabulous chameleon-like J. Carroll Naish. Oscar Levant is the sarcastic, wisecracking piano player, who plays his part to the verge of annoyance. (Spoilers ahead.) Something wrong with that woman The Humoresque scenes between Paul and his mother are particularly intriguing, as the mother conveys her objections to Helen by lamenting, "There's something wrong with a woman like that! »

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