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17 out of 64 people found the following review useful:
omne ignotum pro magnifico, 20 May 2006
6/10

Everything unknown is taken for magnificent...

Since we have so little to compare the visuals to... whereas the narrative....

If you wish to find a documentary that speaks of the suffering of the world, which visibly and glaringly surrounds us, the boys in World War I, and of confusion, passion, evil --

This is not it.....

A war without politics!! Without Junker greed! Without rape nor rotting Doughboys in the trenches... the Clean war in color... flying things and heavy iron rolling in color....

However, it's a great way to copyright public domain footage.

The Latins had a phrase for this "omne ignotum pro magnifico: Everything unknown is taken for magnificent.. and for the first time color is added to World War I -- magnificent try!

Someday I'd like to license some of the footage for my own version of the war... maybe not a commercial as producer Martin's "Greatest SAS Missions" (2004) (mini) TV Series (producer)but certainly more of the reason the French and English dreaded the subject.... The Great War...

6 out of 10 people found the following review useful:
Was assigned to to compare it to Movie Zepplin, 8 May 2006
9/10

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Showing how out of touch some people can be in the 1970s, myself included, I was assigned to see that "Russian Blimp" film and tell the guys who made the Warner flick "Zeppelin" producers Ownen Krump et al exactly what our "compeition" was up to.

I was at a loss to begin. Sean Connery vs. Michael York? Elke Sommer vs. Claudia Cardinale? Model ships vs. Russian Atomic Icebreakers using burning tires to simulate coal streaked sky trails. A twenty two foot fiber model vs. an actual flying reduced scale one? The Irish AirForce stunt pilots vs Soviet test pilots? $1.5 million dollar flick vs $10 million

Most importantly,

..a boorish Hollywood product vs. the philosophical Slavic outlook on life...

Naturally, I exaggerated the unhappy conclusion to the Russian EPIC... and.... broke down and admitted that the Red Tent was possibly one of the most beautiful film I had ever seen....

Owen, Arthur and the rest looked at me as if I had sung "The Internationale".

Owen was still smarting over the disastrous "Darling Lili" that tossed him off the Paramount Lot... Ron looked so strange - was daddy (J. Paul)Getty right about the biz and his abilities? Arthur glared so intently - as if I was blowing his only shot (and it practically was) in the feature film world.

But I still loved the Red Tent....

Fantasy (1979)
10 out of 14 people found the following review useful:
Selected by Columbia Pictures Television to see who on Fantasy Island crew or staff had written this copyrighted infringement, 7 May 2006
10/10

Where art imitates life. As a young production assistant in the biz, I was assigned the interesting but bizarre task of seeing the film.

It HAD to have been written by an unknown crew member ---

"Gordon" (played by Jon Martin) greeted guests(as I had done to each guest star as production assistant)

"Keesa Webster (Kyoto Sunn¹)was an arch type of "Skip" Webster one of the shows producers.

"Lady Gloria" (Georgina Spelvin)as "Gloria" referred to the first names of TWO producer's wives.

"Claude Julius" (Paul Thomas) ... referred to Julius Montoyer who was a grip.

There are more comparisons -- never found out who had parodied us. But everyone on the staff who had been named was VERY flattered.

Saw it only once -- so many years ago. Immoralised by a porn... Do I list this as a reference?

12 out of 22 people found the following review useful:
We will never see its likes again., 4 April 2006
10/10

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The film "V for Vendetta" is based upon the same-titled comic book written referring to a real-life event: the assassination of one of the most honorable English protesters of his time Guy Fawkes, who sacrificed his life in the name of peace and human dignity. Remembering the persecution of the Church during the English assent to it's new liberalism with the manifestation of Parlement and to the excesses of Throne at the time.

A very political film since it demands the audience place themselves not in the Edward Gibbon ("Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire") Senatorial mindset but one of the world - and in this case the futuristic English society - drone Babbits in the guise of Natalie Portman's character.

In a time when political discussion is forbidden in the workplace, in religion (outside rubber stamping each and every authority), in entertainment (again outside bitchy comments on SNL or Comedy Central)it was probably too much to hope the general public would - or even could - assimilate this motion picture.

Each segment has a reference to today's political, economic and social hierarchy - and would in a fair world would be picked apart by high school teachers like they do other populist entertainment.

But it is not useful to any cause that is currently embraced by the social order so that's not likely. -- We'll have to wait until there is yet another challenge to the status quo in twenty years for the film to suddenly be discovered for use as a battering ram against "convention" as was done in 1960s with "King of Hearts" and later with "One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest".

But I'm patient - in time it will be enthroned as a poster child for another generation that it missed in ours.

1 out of 18 people found the following review useful:
3-D was considered for an episode, 7 February 2006

What a nightmare that was! Because stereoscopic television transmits two images that correlate to the desired "3-D" effect. It makes some shots too coded for non-glass wearing public to interpret. Someone at ABC mentioned... if that violated the FCC charter on "public" airwaves. Could we charge for the glasses on a public media... Would TV Guide carry them. And at what cost... Who sues for eye problem that suddenly developed... Syndication... Outside Editors are paid in lieu of or concurrent with home editors... 3-D has few reaction shot so would a flat viewing during reruns look weird. Were TV sets capable of such tuning -- off colors would cancel out the "filter" "doped eye" requirement.

1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:
Last Dog Fight, 4 February 2006

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Aaron wanted to cast Donny Osmond as the sternWW2 American fighter ace who poses a "Most Dangerous Game" themed episode. But who would believe him as a killer? Protests to Spellings people amounted to nothing so a decision was made to have them toast with Champaign to this "game." See Donny was then an icon for the Mormons and the depiction of a glass of Dom would conflict him. Donny's people countered that he might have given up the stuff so we went along and inserted a line about him being a former alcoholic – which the Osmond camp really recoiled from. It is the story of the Dresden fire bombing. Look for nifty WW2 Army air corps COLOR bombing footage.

1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:
Last filmed episode, 4 February 2006

The knives were out now. Aaron had dropped the show from "his" ABC time slot. Columbia Pics TV really ran this episode way under pattern budget. Notice sound of hammering in "Bojangles and the Dancer" due to Columbia not wanting to bring Sammy back for ADR. Sammy Davis. What a wonderful guy... As long as you didn't tell him how to do his job. Really from the Frank Sinatra school of 1 take. Warned me not to develop more than one marketable talent. Who, unlike him with three (dancer, singer and personality)which is fine because I don't have any. Apparently sick during episode. Info that was used in the show. See one of the greats of the biz on this episode.