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Peter Medak and the making of “Ghost in the Noonday Sun”

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  • Peter Medak and the making of “Ghost in the Noonday Sun”

    From the Observer.

    https://www.theguardian.com/film/201...in-noonday-sun

    Nick

  • #2
    Sounds fascinating- and a warning to film makers everywhere that charismatic stars can also be a nightmare, as any backer of Orsen Welles's various projects would have admitted. And the same goes for directors. Steven Bach's excellent Final Cut is obviously most concerned with Heavens Gate and the bratish Cimino, ( a film which arguably would have been better for all concerned if it had been cancelled), but also mentions UAs problems with Coppola over Apocolypse Now (where he kind of went nuts) and talks about Bachs meeting with Sellars to shoot another Pink Panther. Sellers died about two weeks after the meeting.

    Frankly, the stories of making a lot of films are probably more interesting than the films themselves...

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    • #3
      I've been putting together the sequence of events the led to M-G-M's Larry Bachmann signing up Spike when a writers' strike delayed 'Invasion Quartet' and Dave King had to drop out - despite Spike's comic genius there is no doubt the M-G-M were just asking for trouble with a multi-film contract.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Bonekicker View Post
        Sounds fascinating- and a warning to film makers everywhere that charismatic stars can also be a nightmare, as any backer of Orsen Welles's various projects would have admitted. And the same goes for directors. Steven Bach's excellent Final Cut is obviously most concerned with Heavens Gate and the bratish Cimino, ( a film which arguably would have been better for all concerned if it had been cancelled), but also mentions UAs problems with Coppola over Apocolypse Now (where he kind of went nuts) and talks about Bachs meeting with Sellars to shoot another Pink Panther. Sellers died about two weeks after the meeting.

        Frankly, the stories of making a lot of films are probably more interesting than the films themselves...
        Bonekicker

        Casino Royale being such an example.

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        • Bonekicker
          Bonekicker commented
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          Is there a book about Casino Royale? I remember the Medveds covered it for one of their books, but that was relatively brief. I know it was a total mess (certainly onscreen), but a book about the various ways it went horribly wrong would be very interesting. Cleopatra is another one which really could do with a proper book - there are snippets and some very old personal books on it, but not an overview. The documentary on the blu ray is good, but Cleopatra really didnt change Hollywood - the gamblers fallacy always wins.

          There is a book to be written about 1979-1982 - The Wiz, Blues Brothers, Raise the Titanic, Heavens Gate, etc - all the studios had big flops, was there something in the water?

        • Mikey
          Mikey commented
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          Bonekicker

          Yes, there is book about the production of Charles K Feldman's James Bond spoof Casino Royale called The Making of Casino Royale published in 2015 by Telos Books and I wrote it! The book is still available from Telos Publishing or Amazon.

          It covers the development, setting up and complicated production of the movie.

      • #5
        What a great forum this is! It's a great resource. And here's the trailer for the documentary...

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HvmwKVtGtb8

        It looks great fun. It's playing at Venice. And Medak dealt with LOADS of nutters like Burton, O'Toole and Richard Harris. So maybe Sellers was easy!

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        • #6
          Apparently Sellers wouldn't be in the same frame as orson. Joe McGrath ended up punching sellers

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          • #7
            Sellers had a habit of walking off location and returning to the UK and obviously this held up production.

            Sellers had a loathing for his co-star Anthony Franciosa, which apparently began after a swordfight scene went wrong.

            I don’t know if the two following instances are connected, but Sellers had Franciosa’s role reduced. While another source states that Franciosa had to be physically restrained from attacking Sellers at one point.

            Franciosa also had a reputation of being difficult to work with having been fired partway through the third season of the TV series The Name of the Game and also having to be separated by the crew from James Garner after a fight scene got out of hand for the 1966 movie A Man Could Get Killed.

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            • #8
              Originally posted by spatter View Post
              What a great forum this is! It's a great resource. And here's the trailer for the documentary...

              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HvmwKVtGtb8

              It looks great fun. It's playing at Venice. And Medak dealt with LOADS of nutters like Burton, O'Toole and Richard Harris. So maybe Sellers was easy!
              Thanks for posting, the trailer looks fascinating. I don't think anyone would describe Sellers as easy, though.

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              • #9
                Mikey- thanks for the information about your book - it's on the reading list.

                if Franciosa managed the get Garner annoyed, then he evidently was a pain. Garner was famously nice and professional, and although tempers can flare when things go wrong in fight scenes, the pros normally just shake hands afterwards.

                On the other hand, by the sound of it, pretty much everyone would have been tempted to hit Sellars, by the sound of it. The stories of him being a bit of a character are too many to be discounted.

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                • #10
                  Originally posted by Bonekicker View Post
                  Mikey- thanks for the information about your book - it's on the reading list.

                  if Franciosa managed the get Garner annoyed, then he evidently was a pain. Garner was famously nice and professional, and although tempers can flare when things go wrong in fight scenes, the pros normally just shake hands afterwards.

                  On the other hand, by the sound of it, pretty much everyone would have been tempted to hit Sellars, by the sound of it. The stories of him being a bit of a character are too many to be discounted.
                  Franciosa was pretty well known for his short fuse. Shelley Winters talks about it a lot. I think he might have done time at some point for assault- but I can't remember how I know that so maybe I'm wrong.

                  I've always thought him a charismatic actor, shame that his personality restricted his opportunities.

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                  • #11
                    Franciosas Mrs is in the documentary...

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