(A) Continue reading Call it the scariest horror flick ever made, a Moby Dick action adventure, a social commentary on beach towns and greedy mayors, a humanistic family story of science and wonder, one of the best film adaptations of a best-selling novel, one of the pioneering summer blockbusters and the winner of three Academy Awards (editing, sound, score).
A massive typhoon named Olga wiped out the sets and shut down production for two months to rebuild. Maybe that’s enough for some, but it isn’t for me anymore because the more beautiful everything is, the more it will hurt without you.” Such is the predicament facing Jerry Mulligan, the titular American in Paris, an ex-G. Their relationship is reminiscent of Bergman and Bogie’s in Casablanca — two lovers who fall in love in Paris and share a musical standard as their love song, yet who also can not be together because outside factors prohibit it. Jerry (Gene Kelly) has come to love the city for its culture, but now only sees it as a curse, thanks to a broken heart over a Frenchwoman, Lise Bouvier (Leslie Caron).The handsome younger brother of Shirley Mac Laine was all over his films, not just starring (Mc Cabe and Mrs.Miller), but writing (Shampoo), producing (Bonnie and Clyde) and casting. And the way we made it was very much like the way the Americans were in Vietnam.
Young Spielberg (Jaws) and Young Lucas (American Graffiti) understood film history — which is more than many of their fanboys can say — with references to John Ford’s The Searchers (1956) in both Close Encounters and Star Wars, before teaming on Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981).