Victor Fleming: An American Movie Master (Screen Classics) by Michael Sragow

By Michael Sragow

Most sensible remembered for the long-lasting classics long gone with the Wind (1939) and The Wizard of oz. (1939) to the silver display, Victor Fleming additionally counted winning movies resembling purple airborne dirt and dust (1932), Captains brave (1937), try Pilot (1939), Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941), and the groundbreaking Joan of Arc (1948) between his greater than 40 directing credit. the most sought-after administrators in Hollywood's golden age, Fleming (1889--1949) used to be well known for his skill to make motion pictures throughout a variety of genres. In Victor Fleming: An American motion picture grasp, writer Michael Sragow paints a finished portrait of the proficient and charismatic guy who helped create enduring display personas for stars resembling Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy, and Gary Cooper.

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The water was as dark as a witch's sinister brew", Davis wrote of the prelude to this scene. After the attack he observed: "Cut! I told the cameraman. I was sick to my stomach". These moving remarks are sadly undercut by the fact that the scene presented in the film is one of the most obviously fabricated mondo sequences committed to celluloid. It is obvious that most of the close up shots of the attack have been filmed in a water tank with dummies. The floating limbs are fifthrate Tom Savini and the denouement when the reptile emerges with a head clasped in its jaws, rather than invoking sharp shock and horror, instead hurtle the viewer into derision and incredulity.

The film was marketed, particularly in the UK and US (the home of sexploitation kitsch) as a kaleidoscope of saucy pin-up views of This page Mondo di Notte. the numerous manifestations of 'women of the world' and the entire concept today looks tired and sexist. Jacopetti now tries to disown or dismiss the project, claiming that the studio and his producer (Rizzoli) tied him and Prosperi to it as part of a three-picture deal.

It is obvious that most of the close up shots of the attack have been filmed in a water tank with dummies. The floating limbs are fifthrate Tom Savini and the denouement when the reptile emerges with a head clasped in its jaws, rather than invoking sharp shock and horror, instead hurtle the viewer into derision and incredulity. Many of the ritualised fights presented in Africa and South America are poorly staged and terribly acted. The truly shocking and notorious moments of an otherwise absurd film are centred around the numerous animal killings — by both human hands and non-human.

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