- Sep 28, 2007
Production was shut down three times, the stars often clashed, and studio executives were baffled. Here’s how a difficult shoot led to an Oscar-winning masterpiece.www.nytimes.com
Great clip, thanks for thatBored waiting in a client to send feedback, watching this BBC special on John Carpenter from the set of Halloween, which features him slagging off all his contemporaries. And Donald Pleasence saying he'd only seen one JC film before taking the role and he "didn't understand it". Imagine your lead actor saying that these days? Great stuff.
Nah, sure Pleasance had done tonnes of horror before this. Think it sounds like Pleasance took the role because of the paycheck, hadn't done any research and was caught off guard by the interviewer.Great clip, thanks for that
DO you think Pleasance comes off as being slightly embarrassed to be in a genre horror film? In fairness to him, JC had only made two films to that point.
He comes off very game tho.
Like even the interviewer is talking down to him a little "my kind of film-making by John Carpenter", but I think Carpenter shows him that clarity of thought.
And he's as candid about the shortcomings of Dark Star as he is about Spielberg. Close Encounters is kind of pretentious.
Carpenter is so clear in his thinking and about what he's doing - this is really great to watch, especially because it's contemporaneous with him just about to blow up, it's the straight dope.
Anyone know who that presenter is?
Nashville is rubbish! Although he seems to like American Graffiti which I wouldn't be a fan of. He couldn't be more correct though in how Jaws stands up compared with Close Encounters.Nah, sure Pleasance had done tonnes of horror before this. Think it sounds like Pleasance took the role because of the paycheck, hadn't done any research and was caught off guard by the interviewer.
I love Carpenter. Probably my second or third favourite filmmaker. He was at the top of his game here so every right to be a brash arrogant fuck. And slagging off the sacred cow Robert Altman. Love it
I read that as him not wanting to mention Star Wars or THX, as he likely thought they were shit - after earlier saying he had a preference for a type of monster sci-fi, not the quasi-religious.Although he seems to like American Graffiti which I wouldn't be a fan of.
Great stuff, Bernie
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