Originally posted by wine+art:
Originally posted by The Old Man:
The Stunt Man with Peter O'Toole
It has been a long time since I watched this film.
The DVD has the story of director's Richard Rush's 9 year struggle to get the film made. According to information without citation on Wikipedia:
Rush directed three films for AIP in the late 1960s exploring counter-cultures of the period and also introducing racking focus, a technique Rush claims to have discovered and named. I'm not sure I buy this, I seem to remember it from other movies. Rush's first studio effort was 1970's Getting Straight, starring Elliott Gould and Candice Bergen. The film did well commercially and was deemed by Swedish director Ingmar Bergman to be the "best American film of the decade."
I saw this hippiedom film when it came out in 1970 it was made for our demographic. It was not the best film of the decade.
In 1981, Truffaut was asked "Who is your favorite American director?" He answered, "I don’t know his name, but I saw his film last night and it was called The Stunt Man."
Possibly true. Note that Truffaut, would make his own love letter to filmmaking--the aforementioned Day For Night
Richard Rush struggled for years with Hollywood and finally gave up almost twenty years ago. This quote for the LA Times film critic says it all, "Rush’s career seems to be followed by the kind of miserable luck that never seems to afflict the untalented.
Perhaps we should try an online film club thread? Everyone watch the same movie and then about two weeks later open it up for discussion. I would suggest The Stunt Man
, not that it's the greatest film ever made, though I love it, but it has many points worth discussing.