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Back in 1990 the late Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel hosted a TV special which featured directors Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and Martin Scorsese discussing the future of movies.
Spielberg and Lucas made headlines earlier this summer by predicting the implosion of Hollywood’s current economic model, but what did they feel 23 years ago?
The answer lies in this programme – recently discovered by Cinephilia and Beyond – where they not only discuss the future of movies but also their careers and a good deal else beside, including:
- The possibility of a sequel to E.T. (1982)
- Spielberg’s interest in a Howard Hughes project
- Lucas on the Star Wars prequels
- Scorsese on Goodfellas (1990) and commercial success
- The sex scene in Don’t Look Now (1973)
- HD television
- Film preservation
You can watch the full programme here (along with the fast-forwarded ads):
A 1992 documentary about cinematographer Vittorio Storaro provides a fascinating insight into his working life.
Best known for his work with Bernardo Bertolucci, Francis Ford Coppola and Warren Beatty, he is one of the greatest of his era.
This 55 minute programme features interviews with the man himself and his collaborators, interspersed with footage of him working on several films.
Amongst other things it features him talking about:
- The qualities of magic hour
- His Oscar wins
- The Conformist (1970)
- Apocalypse Now (1979)
- His theory of colour
- One from the Heart (1982)
- Dick Tracy (1990)
- The Sheltering Sky (1990)
- His use of hi-def video in 1983
- Imago Urbis (1992)
But now they have released a much longer version lasting 55 minutes with contributions from:
- Brian Cook – 1st AD
- Jan Harlan – Producer
- Christiane Kubrick – Wife of Stanley Kubrick
- Mick Mason – Camera Technician
- Ray Merrin – Post-Production Sound
- Doug Milsome – 1st AC and Second Unit Camera
- Kelvin Pike – Camera Operator
- Ron Punter – Scenic Artist
- June Randall – Continuity
- Julian Senior – Warner Bros. Publicity
They discuss many aspects of the film including the 2nd Unit footage shot in America, the different stages at Elstree, the use of Steadicam, the fire on set, and what Kubrick was like to work with.
In the first video he discusses his work on such films as The Godfather (1972), Klute (1971), Manhattan (1979) and Annie Hall (1977).
Plus, he also talks about his thoughts on editing, the importance of simplicity and ‘dump truck directing’.
In the second, he talks about Stardust Memories (1980), The Godfather II (1974), lenses, Francis Ford Coppola, All the President’s Men (1976), Interiors (1978) and The Devil’s Own (1997).