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eggshaped
297857.  Tue Mar 18, 2008 6:55 am Reply with quote

The most hackneyed line in movie scripts is "Let's get outta here." A recent survey of 150 American features of the period 1938-74 showed that it was used at least once in 84 percent of Hollywood productions and more than once in 17 percent.

s: Guinness Movie Facts and Feats

 
eggshaped
297858.  Tue Mar 18, 2008 6:56 am Reply with quote

The longest ever film name was:

Night of the Day of the Dawn of the Son of the Bride of the Return of the Revenge of the Terror of the Attack of the Evil, Mutant, Alien, Flesh Eating, Hellbound, Zombified Living Dead Part 2: In Shocking 2-D:

It was a 1991 parody of “night of the living dead”.

s: imdb

 
eggshaped
297862.  Tue Mar 18, 2008 6:57 am Reply with quote

Question: Which actor played the most roles in a single movie?

Forfeit: Alec Guinness


Answer:
Produced and directed by silent movie pioneer, Will Barker, “Sixty Years a Queen” was the first major picture to be produced at the legendary Ealing Studios. Rolf Leslie played 27 Different Roles in the movie. Sadly only a few seconds of film remain.

http://www.britmovie.co.uk/studios/ealing/biography/biog00.html
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0003379/

In the meeting, it was claimed that the same bloke played thousands of oompa-lumpas due to some special-effect cheating.

 
eggshaped
297928.  Tue Mar 18, 2008 7:47 am Reply with quote

This just in from the BFI, regarding my question about whether the first form of censorship was the Russian authorities confiscating a film of Prince Napoleon dancing with a Moscow dancing girl...

Quote:
Yes there are a lot of apocryphal 'firsts' of this type and I certainly can't find any obvious source for this act of censorship - I guess the French Cinematheque would be the best people to help connect you with a Lumiere expert - There was a chap called Chardere who wrote the best history of the Lumieres although it's more likely this story will turn up in court scuttlebutt - cinema is a very conservative medium on the whole and apart from the porn trade keeps it's nose very clean so such a story would not be encouraged by the filmmakers themselves.

We can have a bit of a delve if it's important -there are some books we can check - when do you need to know?

We have our own apocrphal film censorship 'first' in 1903 concerning a film called Cheese Mites which was apparently objected to by the Cheesemakers although I've never found any evidence of this (bit of a shame).

 
eggshaped
297979.  Tue Mar 18, 2008 8:47 am Reply with quote

And in response to my disappointment that the cheese story might be apocryphal.

Quote:
Yes indeed , the Cheese mite story appears in several very reputable books on film censorship but without any citation - it's difficult to know where such a source would come from - possibly the national press? there were no film trade papers at that early date so who would the cheesemakers complain to - and who represented them? I dare say there was a cheesemakers guild of some sort - if I ever find out I'll let you know.


Don't know where we stand with this, I suppose it's one of these:

 
Flash
298054.  Tue Mar 18, 2008 11:00 am Reply with quote

Again, this kind of thing is good for the notes if there's a related question: "Lots of books say such-and-such, though we can't nail it down. Still, we can make jokes about it."

 
eggshaped
298092.  Tue Mar 18, 2008 11:40 am Reply with quote

Link to insurance of limbs.

Lloyd's of London has insured the nose of a leading wine maker and taster for 5 million euros (3.9 million pounds)

Gort's will not be the first nose insured by Lloyd's, which famously insured U.S. comedian Jimmy Durante's trademark. It also insures the taste buds of restaurateur Egon Ronay.

http://uk.news.yahoo.com/rtrs/20080318/tod-uk-insurance-wine-9b9d10d.html

 
Molly Cule
301229.  Mon Mar 24, 2008 7:05 am Reply with quote

Rive Phoenix’s real name was River Bottom.

He was named after the river in Herman Hesse’s novel Siddhartha, his middle name was Jude after the Beatles song, Hey Jude and his family name was Bottom.

The family took on the name Phoenix after they left the cult called Children of God. River once said he lost his virginity aged four in the cult but had blocked it out. Every year on the 31st October crowds come to bring flowers and candles to mark the anniversary of his death outside the Viper Room in L.A.

 
Jenny
301427.  Mon Mar 24, 2008 10:28 am Reply with quote

That's a gem!

 
eggshaped
309194.  Wed Apr 02, 2008 10:46 am Reply with quote

Question: Have you ever seen one of Sheb Wooley’s films?

Forfiet: No

Answer: Yes (even I, who NEVER EVER watch films, have seen a couple.


Sheb Wooley is the most likely man behind a sound effect called the Wilhelm Scream: a scream that has appeared in more than 114 Hollywood films in the last 50 years.

The scream began life in a 1951 film called Distant Drums, when Wooley recorded a scream to be used when a man is bitten by an alligator and dragged into a river.

Since then it has been in every Indiana Jones movie, every star wars movie, Transformers, "Poltergeist", "Batman Returns" (1992), "Planet of the Apes" (2001) and "Madagascar", two of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Toy Story and Reservoir Dogs amongst dozens of others.

The sound effect was used extensively by Warner Bros as a stock scream during the 1950s and 1960s, but took-off when Ben Burtt, a budding sound editor and sound effects buff at the University of Southern California started to notice the distinctive scream popping up everywhere. And ever since, he and a small group of sound-editor friends have attempted to get it into every film they have worked on.

The scream starts on C, descends through four semi-tones to G sharp

In 1958 Sheb Wooley had a giant hit record with his own song 'The Purple People Eater',

It can be heard in many of its guises here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdbYsoEasio

The Sunday Times (London); Oct 7, 2007
The Times (London); May 21, 2005
http://film.guardian.co.uk/features/featurepages/0,,1132879,00.html
imdb

Link to FEAR

PICTURE RESEARCHERS, this question relies on us getting the scream. Any chance?

 
Flash
309238.  Wed Apr 02, 2008 11:40 am Reply with quote

They can probably get you a picture of it, anyway.

 
Flash
309240.  Wed Apr 02, 2008 11:45 am Reply with quote

The compilation you link to is great, but it would be prohibitively expensive to clear even one of those films, so the sound is all we're likely to get. Which is a shame - will it work w/out the associated images?

 
eggshaped
309553.  Thu Apr 03, 2008 3:00 am Reply with quote

I think so. Sound effects usually go down pretty well with the comedians IIRC. There is a similar fact about Alan Smithee (more later), one of which could be the note to the other; perhaps it's a bit weak on its own.

 
dr.bob
309633.  Thu Apr 03, 2008 5:10 am Reply with quote

I'd've thought the scream is so well known that, if you play just the scream, pretty much everyone will remember hearing it in a film somewhere. Either that, or they'll remember hearing it somewhere, but be unable to remember quite where, whereupon Stephen can reel out a long list of some of the films it's featured in.

 
Flash
309858.  Thu Apr 03, 2008 8:47 am Reply with quote

Yes - maybe the question is:

Where have you heard this?

... to be answered by a list of films but in reality prompting for anecdotes about Foley effects (actually come to think of it we should get some Foley kit into the studio, a sandbox, coconut shells, etc, and play a game where we run a silent film and the guests have to add the soundtrack as it goes. I should think even I could be amusing in that context.)

Propmaster, please.

 

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