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The Sky Divers (1969)

TV-G | | Documentary, Short | 1969 (USA)
A behind the scenes, promotional short about the making of the feature film _The Gypsy Moths (1969)_, which extensively features free fall skydiving. There are interviews with the director,... See full summary »

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A behind the scenes, promotional short about the making of the feature film _The Gypsy Moths (1969)_, which extensively features free fall skydiving. There are interviews with the director, cast members, and members of the professional skydiving crew while on location in Kansas for three months. The crew explain the development of and demonstrate the use of various equipment used in the experimental skydiving, like the helmet camera and batwings, and discuss and perform new stunts for the film. They also discuss shooting problems like the wind and different rates of fall for performers and cameramen. The proper packing of a parachute is also demonstrated in some detail. Written by TimeNTide

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High on Freefall
11 December 2013 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Dale Mackey's short documentary film promotes MGM's "The Gypsy Moths" (1969), starring Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr. The narrator's recognizable voice is frequent TV host Wink Martindale. Freefall skydiving is the subject of both this short and the feature film. In Kansas, director John Frankenheimer guides his production team. Obviously engaged, Mr. Lancaster praises Mr. Frankenheimer and his crew. Later, we see how Lancaster appears to be skydiving. Looking lovely, Ms. Kerr hasn't much to contribute...

Co-stars Gene Hackman, "from 'Bonnie and Clyde' fame," and Scott Wilson, "from 'In Cold Blood'' appear briefly. A good segment explains how the camera is attached to a helmet, for aerial photography. Frankenheimer gives us a synopsis of the story and a look at the filmmaking process; he states a preference for location shooting. A stuntman or extra breaks his collar bone, but finishes a scene with Lancaster. "The Gypsy Moths" is probably best remembered for its aerial photography, by Carl Boenish with Jay Gifford.

****** The Sky Divers (1969) Dale Mackey ~ Burt Lancaster, John Frankenheimer, Carl Boenish, Wink Martindale


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