AVATAR...chaps, spurs and space ships. Technically stunning, but the plot is straight, "How the West Was Won." Not a Hollywood Western plot is overlooked. Government agents trample Indian rights; Little Big Horn; the Trail of Tears, sure, throw in some romance...White hero falls for Indian Princess and angers Indian buck who had set his sights on her; wild bronco busting too. Instead of White man vs. Red man, it's White man vs. Blue Man moved from Monument Valley to Pandora in Outer Space.
The lack of story originality is a titanic disappointment.
Klaatu after DGA screening Sunday December 20, 2009.
Thursday, December 31, 2009
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
'Well, Philadelphia itself was the turning point. Seeing a lot of different things. The morgue was kind of a clinical thing. It was very powerful, but it wasn't a twisted thing to me.
It was more like seeing my neighbor's dog. That was another image I'll never forget. Their dog, they fed so much, it looked literally like a water balloon with little legs. The legs kind of stuck out. Almost couldn't walk, this dog. Had a little bitty head. It was like a Mexican Chichuahua with a watermelon in the middle.
And there were lots of little bowls of candies in the room, and these things stuck with me a lot."
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Rock Hudson and Elizabeth Taylor went for get-to-know-you drinks one night at the very start of the production. They both got exceedingly drunk, finishing the evening at 3:00 am. Their call-time was 5:30 am. Fortunately the scene being shot that morning was a wedding scene with no dialog, so instead of talking, all they had to do was look lovingly at each other. The two actors were concentrating so hard on not being sick that they were quite surprised when some of the people on-set started to cry, so convinced were they of their supposed looks of adoration at each other.
Location filming took place for two months outside the tiny Texas town of Marfa. Director George Stevens did not have a closed set but actively encouraged the townspeople to come by, either to watch the shooting, visit with the cast and crew or take part as extras, dialect coaches, bit players and stagehands.