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Rakshasa wrote:THE BLUE MAX was on TV a lot when I was a kid. I remember my dad liked that film. Here's his IMDB credits:http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0347086/
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That was the movie that first put him on my radar. I saw it at "popular prices" after it finished its Roadshow engagements. I was able to snag a souvenir program book from those reserved seat bookings and have a beautiful full-color, full page tearsheet from Life or Look magazine featuring the great Frank McCarthy one-sheet art.
At the same time, thanks to the glut of movies bombarding the airwaves thanks to both local and network movie airings, characteristic of television in the mid to late 1960s, I was able to see in rather rapid succession TARZAN'S GREATEST ADVENTURE, THE DAY THEY ROBBED THE BANK OF ENGLAND, WALTZ OF THE TOREADORS, TARZAN GOES TO INDIA, and GUNS AT BATASI.
After that I noticed when a new Guillermin movie was out and tried to see them theatrically. Reportedly a very difficult man on the set. RIP.
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thehorrorboy wrote:Not to be picky, but how can we be sure that he wasn't?
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Wolfman Joe wrote:I picked up a used paperback copy of the making of KONG '76 just a few weeks ago - it will be interesting to read about what went into the production of the film, I think I will push it up the "to-read" list. Thanks for the memories, Mr. G.
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my godfather Orlando Suarez is mentioned a few times.
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I felt that THE TOWERING INFERNO (1974) was a turning point in Guillermin's career. He'd directed "big" movies but nothing the size of INFERNO. Once you've directed a mega-production like that how can you possibly follow/top it? Unless it's another mega-production like KING KONG (1976). He'd been hired for the Sensurround epic MIDWAY(1976) but was replaced. Then he did the big budget, multi-star DEATH ON THE NILE (1978).
Aside from the comparatively small MR. PATMAN (1980), a forgotten/unknown James Coburn movie, it appears that Guillermin might have been typecast as a director for movies with big budgets, action, location work, and special needs like costuming and special effects. Perhaps his temperament was well-suited to such huge films where a director must tightly control the production so it keeps to a schedule and avoids budget overruns.
He was hired for, then replaced on, the big action movie SAHARA (1983) but bounced back by piloting SHEENA (1984), which most consider a crash landing. Ditto with his last unintentional disaster movie KING KONG LIVES (1986). His final film was a HBO Kris Kristofferson Western, THE TRACKER (1988), shot outdoors on locations in Colorado and New Mexico.
He folded up his director's chair at age 63, a little early in an industry which allows its members to work well into old age. Maybe he just wanted to relax.
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Rakshasa wrote:Wolfman Joe wrote:I picked up a used paperback copy of the making of KONG '76 just a few weeks ago - it will be interesting to read about what went into the production of the film, I think I will push it up the "to-read" list. Thanks for the memories, Mr. G.Quick off-topic tidbit on that book, Wolfman Joe ~ early on in the book, among the first few pages of THE MAKING OF THE MOVIE KING KONG, my godfather Orlando Suarez is mentioned a few times. He was the still photographer on the film (and many others). He and his wife are very close to my folks (which is why he's my godfather).
When you start reading the book and you see the name Orlando, that's him. I think one of the sentences is " "Can you get him to stop wavering?" shouts Orlando, who is in charge of shooting still photographs for the film." Something like that.
OK, end of tangent.
Oct 3 15 1:30 PM
Andrew Kidd wrote:DEATH ON THE NILE, made after his blockbuster films, is one of his best works, although I have a slight for preference for EVIL UNDER THE SUN, directed by Guy Hamilton.
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