In Blazing Saddles
when Cleavon Little rides past the Count Basie band in the desert, why doesn't Basie say, "One more time... One more once!"?
A Francis Ford Coppola adaptation of Marcia Davenport's My Brother's Keeper
could have been a great film; the option to Davenport's novel floated about among different individuals for decades.
At the end of Into the Wild
, an aerial shot and a map could have shown how the real-life Christopher McCandless would still be alive if he had simply walked a few miles in the other direction toward cabins and a road, as explained by Jon Krakauer in his book Into the Wild
Since all of the actors in The Magnificent Ambersons
were alive during the 1960s, there was industry talk of reshooting the film's lost ending. Further, the actors had aged appropriately, so no makeup would have been necessary. However, no one stepped forward and gave Orson Welles the financing to begin the project. Control click "Missed Opportunities" heading to hear Orson Welles' October 29, 1939 radio production of ''The Magnificent Ambersons" with Walter Huston.Dave Wallis' dystopian novel Only Lovers Left Alive
(1964) tells of a bleak future in which people over 45 commit suicide. Teen gangs run wild, but eventually they have to learn survival skills. In May 1966 the Rolling Stones announced that they would appear in a film adaptation to be directed by Nicholas Ray. Since Ray made films about young people in the 1940s (They Live By Night
), the 1950s (Rebel Without a Cause
) and the 1970s (We Can't Go Home Again
), there's an unfortunate gap.
Promoting The Talented Mr. Ripley
(1999), Anthony Minghella said, "More than anything else, it's Chet Baker that makes you feel the late '50s." So why didn't he direct Matt Damon in a Chet Baker biographical film
Driving Miss Daisy
has some interesting shots of the countryside during the road trip but no location shots when they arrive in Mobile. According to Google Maps, a drive from Atlanta to Mobile should take about five hours, so why is it night when they get to Mobile? To disguise the lack of location scenes? Perhaps a recreation of old Mobile will reach the screen if someone makes a biographical film drama based on Mobile native Eugene Walter's book with Katherine Clark, Milking the Moon: A Southerner's Story of Life on This Planet
Why didn't Bert Stern make a documentary film about Lambert, Hendricks and Ross?
George Stevens, after the death of James Dean, had Nick Adams dub some of Dean's lines in the banquet speech near the end of Giant
to make the dialogue more clear. Watching the scene, one can easily spot where Adams' voice begins. Thus, Dean's true intention for that scene was obliterated.
Ken Burns said he owned "maybe two" jazz CDs, so why Ken Burns Jazz
? In fact, his disinterest in music is evident in his other films, mixed so words take precedent and the music is a minor element or not authentic. "Ashokan Farewell" is not a song from the Civil War as many believe. Why not Anthony Minghella's Jazz
? Terry Zwigoff's Jazz
? Bert Stern's Jazz
Who allowed Little Iodine
(1946) to become a lost film?