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An Unfathomable Friendship (2003)

Science-fiction giants and lifelong friends Ray Harryhausen and Ray Bradbury meet in front of a studio audience to relate anecdotes from their life and work together. Their shared love of ... See full summary »
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Science-fiction giants and lifelong friends Ray Harryhausen and Ray Bradbury meet in front of a studio audience to relate anecdotes from their life and work together. Their shared love of dinosaurs led to an appreciation of many early science-fiction films, most notably Willis O'Brien's classic 1925 film "The Lost World". They first met at the age of 18 at Clifton's Cafeteria where meetings of the "Rocket Society" were held. Mr. Bradbury relates how his short story "The Fog Horn" led to John Huston hiring him to write the screenplay for "Moby Dick"; the story also became the inspiration for "The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms" which Harryhausen animated. Ray Bradbury describes his joy on the night he presented his friend with an honorary Oscar. Mischievous as ever, Bradbury promises to pry up his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and move it next to his dear friend Harryhausen's star. Written by yortsnave

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This behind-the-scenes documentary featurette is included on the Warner Home Video DVD of The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953). See more »

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[Introductory text] In June 2003, living legends Ray Harryhausen and Ray Bradbury gathered with a few friends on the Warner Bros. Lot in Burbank, California to reminisce about their lifelong friendship and shared love of the fantastic. See more »

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Brief But Beautiful
17 June 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Science-fiction giants and lifelong friends Ray Harryhausen and Ray Bradbury meet in front of a studio audience to relate anecdotes from their life and work together. Their shared love of dinosaurs led to an appreciation of many early science-fiction films, most notably Willis O'Brien's classic 1925 film "The Lost World".

This 17-minute video clip is apparently taken from a larger discussion the two men had at Warner Brothers in front of an audience. This is primarily Bradbury speaking, with the focus being "20,000 Fathoms", but really covering how the two got to know each other -- it is fun to hear how they were trouble makers in their own small ways...

Nothing here is earth-shattering, but considering these two legends are now lost, any clips of them are in some small way priceless. Knowing they were friends -- along with Fritz Land, apparently -- is comforting.


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