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"Daniel Raim has followed his Oscar-nominated The Man on Lincoln's Nose, a warm and illuminating short documentary on renowned production designer Robert Boyle with the equally delightful ... See full summary »



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"Daniel Raim has followed his Oscar-nominated The Man on Lincoln's Nose, a warm and illuminating short documentary on renowned production designer Robert Boyle with the equally delightful and thoughtful feature-length Something's Gonna Live. Raim again focuses on Boyle but brings in Boyle's friends and fellow art directors, the late Henry Bumstead and the late Albert Nozaki, who worked together at Paramount in the early 30s. Raim follows the three on a visit to that studio, and later Boyle and storyboard artist Harold Michelson return to Bodega Bay, the site of The Birds, one of Boyle's five films with Alfred Hitchcock. (Bumstead made four with Hitchcock and designed Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima, released the year of his death, 2006, at the age of 91.) Finally, Boyle discusses making In Cold Blood with the late cinematographer Conrad Hall and The Thomas Crown Affair with cinematographer Haskell Wexler. "Boyle and his colleagues admit to missing the camaraderie of the... Written by Kevin Thomas

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'It's not just some old farts complaining....'
22 July 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The above quote is from this documentary about some aging Hollywood set designers, art directors and the like. The main person featured in the film is Robert Boyle who lived to 100. He was amazingly lucid and youthful for his age. This film is about this famous set designer as well as a few of his Hollywood buddies (such as Henry Bumstead and Albert Nozaki) who worked for Paramount and who have managed to survive to their old age. Much of the time, you just hear them reminisce about their experiences and this is pure gold for fanatics of Hollywood's golden age. I am sure, however, that many folks who are NOT so inclined may get much less out of this film--especially since the style is quite meandering--sort of like you are sitting off to the side listening to these men talk about their lives.

By the way, some things well worth looking for in this documentary is the interesting way they made the overhead shot and how mountains were amazingly added to "The Birds". Fascinating, indeed.

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