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Richard Fleischer's Viking saga is a great star showcase: for the grinning one-eyed Kirk Douglas, sullen one-handed Tony Curtis and the heavy-breathing, two-breasted Janet Leigh. Jack Cardiff gives us the fjords of Norway, lean and mean Viking ships, and a brain-bashing acrobatic castle assault designed to out-do Burt Lancaster. With Ernest Borgnine ("Ohhh-dinnnn!!"), James Donald and Alexander Knox. And as the old song goes, it don't mean a thing if it ain't got Frank Thring. The Vikings Blu-ray Kl Studio Classics 1958 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 114 min. / Street Date March 8, 2016 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95 Starring Kirk Douglas, Tony Curtis, Ernest Borgnine, Janet Leigh, James Donald, Alexander Knox, Maxine Audley, Frank Thring. Cinematography Jack Cardiff Production Designer Harper Goff Film Editor Hugo Williams Original Music Mario Nascimbene Written by Calder Willingham adapted by Dale Wasserman from a novel by Edison Marshall Produced by Jerry Bresler Directed by Richard Fleischer

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
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Skarsgard Joins Viking Epic "Long Ships"

Stellan Skarsgard is set to star in Zentropa's big-budget international Viking movie based on Frans Bengtsson 1945 two-volume novel "The Long Ships".

Hans Petter Moland will direct the project which is described as the most ambitious Scandinavian viking project to-date. Tobias Lindholm penned the script.

Shooting takes place largely in the South-West of Sweden in 2015. Peter Aalbaek Jensen will produce.

Source: THR
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Von Trier producer plans Viking epic

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Von Trier producer plans Viking epic
Exclusive: Maverick Danish producer Peter Aalbaek Jensen has announced details of his new $15m Viking movie The Long Ships – and that long-term collaborator Lars von Trier is planning an action movie.

Speaking at the Film i Vast reception in Cannes, Jensen said The Long Ships (Rode Orm) – directed by Hans Petter Moland (In Order of Disappearance) and scripted by Tobias Lindholm (The Hunt) – will star Stellan Skarsgaard and assorted members of the actor’s family.

“[Stellan] can bring one or two sons, depending on what we need in the story,” said Jensen.

The film will shoot in 2016 in Danish, Swedish and other Scandinavian languages. Zentropa is co-producing with Nordisk.

The Long Ships will be made as “one or two” feature films and as a four-part TV series.

Jensen, who will produce, said: “I haven’t seen a good Viking film in my life. The atmosphere of our story is very much Pirates of the Caribbean goes Viking.”

The
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"Zulu": What Went Wrong?

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By Brian Hannan

With all the (deserved) appreciation of Zulu, it’s hard to imagine it was a massive flop in the Us. Independent producer Joe Levine planned a double whammy for summer 1963 – The Carpetbaggers, an adaptation of the sizzling Harold Robbins bestseller, and Zulu. He even arranged for Zulu to follow The Carpetbaggers into the prestigious Palace first run cinema in New York. Spending big, Levine, whipped up a huge marketing campaign for Zulu, which had notched up record grosses in the UK.

But the two films could not have been further apart. Where The Carpetbaggers stormed to $862,000 from 25 theatres in the New York area, Zulu could only manage $190,000 from 30 in Los Angeles. Zulu scored well in first run in Detroit (running four weeks) and Chicago, but was quickly (perhaps too quickly) consigned to drive-ins. Failure to find a niche was not for want of trying. In successive weeks in La,
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Five Films and Four Different Takes on Your Favorite Violent Nomads in 'The Middle Ages on Film: Vikings!'

Five Films and Four Different Takes on Your Favorite Violent Nomads in 'The Middle Ages on Film: Vikings!'
Five films, four flavors of the ol' pillaging-in-leathers routine. Twilight-of-the-studio-era extravaganzas Richard Fleischer's The Vikings (1958) and Jack Cardiff's The Long Ships (1964) are delicious concoctions, grand and dopey and full of mead-hall brawling so spirited it's touched with musical theater—Seven Brides for Seven Erics could break out. Both also struggle to make sense of Viking immorality in movies that had to please the state board of review—The Long Ships' human sacrifice is a surprise, but The Vikings' love story, sadly, isn't. (The Vikings does have a pit of wolves and classic rooftop duel between Tony Curtis and Kirk Douglas.) The violence in those sprightly epics isn't a patch on Nicolas Winding Refn's ...
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Vikingdom Trembles With Great Dumb Joy

Vikingdom Trembles With Great Dumb Joy
Say it out loud, and the title Vikingdom, that slapdash portmanteau, reveals its hidden promise: Viking Dumb. That's a fair summation of the glory and ridiculousness of what director Yusry Abd Halim and his cohorts at Kru Productions have pulled off in this B-movie gone amok. They only could have improved on its accuracy if they'd just gone ahead and called it exactly what it is: The First and Best-Ever Malaysian Viking Flick with All-English Dialogue.

Imagine an old Hollywood mead-and-beard epic like The Long Ships (based on Frans G. Bengtsson's thrilling, hilarious novel, recently reprinted by Nyrb Classics) directed by an acolyte of young Peter Jackson—rococo violence! that restless camera! charming, cheap-o monsters!—who is determin...
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Christopher Challis

Creative cinematographer and a key member of the Powell-Pressburger movie production team

Although the cinematographer Christopher Challis, who has died aged 93, was an essential member of the Archers production company of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, he joined them as director of photography at the time of their decline. However, he worked on more of the great British writing-directing team's films than any other cinematographer. These eccentric, extravagant, intelligent and witty fantasies went against the British realist tradition, allowing more scope for a creative cinematographer such as Challis. The sensuous use of Technicolor and flamboyant sets and designs made them closer to the MGM world of Vincente Minnelli and of Stanley Donen, who used Challis on six of his films.

Perhaps Challis's finest achievement was on Powell and Pressburger's The Tales of Hoffmann (1951) which, as he explained, had "no optical effects or tricks. It was all edited in
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Swedes set up 'ultimate Viking movie'

After years of ridicule and misrepresentation, the Vikings are on their way home. Plans are well under way for what the Swedish company Fladenfilm is calling "the ultimate Viking movie". The $30m version of Frans G Bengtsson's bloody Nordic saga The Long Ships (which is due to shoot in 2013) will comprise two feature films and a television series. What is different about this project is that it is being made by Viking nations – the Swedes in combination with their neighbours.
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Second time around – what film would you remake if you could do a remake?

I asked this question last June and I thought it would be interesting to ask it again and see what kind of responses we’ll get from our readers.

So let’s say you’re a filmmaker who has raised a good-sized budget, and have final cut and total control, except you have to remake of a previous film, what film would you remake? I’ve asked that question myself, to friends and now to you readers out there.

There are so many films I could name, but I assume, like me, you would want to try your hand at redoing some guilty pleasure that just missed the mark. Not a great film by any means, but one that you enjoy and in your heart just know you could have done a better job.

My first choice would be the 1964 chintzy, not-quite-epic adventure movie The Long Ships with Sidney Poitier and Richard Widmark.
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What film would you remake if you made a remake?

Since I’ve been on roll lately (stuff to keep writing about just keeps popping up), and my item from yesterday asking about the first film you ever saw has inspired me to ask this question, which is like the “first movie” article; something I’m surprised we haven’t already asked on S & A.

So let’s say you’re a filmmaker who has raised a good-sized budget, and has final cut and total control, except you have to remake of a previous film, what film would you remake? I’ve asked that question myself, to friends and now to you readers out there. There are so many films I could name, but, I assume, like me, you would want to try your hand at redoing some guilty pleasure that just misses the mark. Not a great film by any means, but one that you enjoy and in your
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Valhalla Rising v Clash of the Titans: there will be blood

Ever since he was a kid, Joe Queenan has loved movies featuring Vikings or Greeks. But which is the best? Hold on to your heads as he wades into a very bloody battle

In the vastly underrated 2005 Anglo-Icelandic-Canadian film Beowulf & Grendel, the actress Sarah Polley refuses to go along with the gag, stubbornly clinging to her flat, emotionless, early 21st-century Canadian accent. Everyone knows that Norse sagas only work if everybody in the cast keeps a straight face and sticks to the Hrothgar of Elfungstan intonations, if all hands on deck refrain from smirking and winking at the audience when Ulrich of Vlinkstenndntmarksendondt declares: "Great are the tales of the Spear-Danes. Some tales sail; others sink below the waves."

Gerard Butler (Beowulf) certainly understands that, adroitly fudging a fifth-century Geat accent by using his authentic, all-purpose Scottish burr: the perfect one-size-fits-all accent for any movie set in any era preceding the discovery of penicillin.
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Italian Leading Lady Rosanna Schiaffino Dies

Rosanna Schiaffino was the lovely Italian actress who starred opposite American Olympic athlete (and future Congressman) Bob Mathias in 1960’s The Minotaur, the Wild Beast of Crete. Schiaffino played the dual role of the evil Princess Fedra and her good twin, Arianna, in this filmic version of the legendary man-bull who roamed the Cretan maze searching from human sacrifices.

Schiaffino was born in Genoa, Liguria, Italy, on November 25, 1938. She won a local beauty contest in 1952, and soon embarked on a career in films. Her many film credits include Roland the Mighty (1956), the sword and sandal adventure Romulus and the Sabines (1961) starring Roger Moore, a segment of the episodic fantasy film RoGoPaG (1963), the adventure saga The Long Ships (1964) with Richard Widmark and Sidney Poitier, the sensual horror film The Witch in Love (1966) as the supernatural Aura, the bio-film of the mysterious 18th Century count Cagliostr” (1974), and the giallo horror film The Killer Reserved Nine Seats
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Jack Cardiff, Legendary Cinematographer, Director And Writer, Dies At Age 94

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The legendary Jack Cardiff is dead at age 94. He began his career as an actor in silent films, but later established himself as one of the industry's greatest cinematographers, with films such as The Red Shoes and The African Queen to his credit. Cardiff was a man of many talents, and dabbled in directing as well. Among his feature films were The Long Ships, Sons and Lovers, Young Cassidy and The Liquidator. Cardiff also wrote, directed and shot the popular 1960s cult film Girl on a Motorcycle (aka Naked Under Leather) starring Marianne Faithfull as a sexually promiscuous free spirit. Ironically, that film is the cover story of the latest issue of Cinema Retro, now out in England and due to ship in North America in early May. Cardiff was awarded an OBE by Queen Elizabeth in 2000. For more on his life and career click here.  
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