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Something's Gonna Live (2010)

"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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"Something's Gonna Live" is unforgettable.
25 August 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

You know the type of film that somehow gets under your skin and you find yourself revisiting little details long after you saw it? This is one of those.

It's a last-reunion story, a capturing of priceless moments and shared insights between 6 of Hollywood's most iconic film artists of the last century. We've all had lifelong love affairs with their work, but never knew their names or recognized their remarkable contributions. Until now.

From production design to cinematography, the incomparable talents of the 6 profiled - all that's just a backdrop of sorts, like a grand set design, for a much larger, incredibly moving human story. The values of these wonderfully humble guys repeatedly rise to the top like cream in milk. Their lifelong friendships have endured and ripened over time.

Production designer Robert Boyle - what can anyone say about him? Except that he was such a treasure, solidly grounded with a keen sense of humor that kept things light. Age can do many things to us, but ultimately our character shines through. And his was young and beautiful.

Was that all it was then? No. What a masterful job filmmaker Daniel Raim did, weaving the elements of the story together into something so unexpectedly greater than the sum of its parts. And for that, a standing ovation. A long one. Still clapping. Still.

As far as rating the film goes, I'd give it a 20 but the rating system ends at 10.

Spectacular. See it if you can.


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