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#1 James Steven Beverly

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Posted 18 October 2010 - 09:40 PM

One of my favorite sub genras is movies about making movies. I feel like I've seen 'em all (but hope there are a bunch more I have yet to discover) everything from The Bold and the Beautiful to Living in Oblivion. I could change my mind tomorrow but for today, THESE are my top 3 movies about making films:

OK I'll start with the one EVERYONE will probably include The Player. :D

Number two is just one I love, Bowfinger.

Number three is another I just love, The Deal.

What are your's??!! B)
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#2 Dom Jaeger

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Posted 18 October 2010 - 10:13 PM

Very hard to choose just three, but...

Ed Wood

Shadow of the Vampire

and of course Sunset Boulevard
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#3 Justin Hayward

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Posted 18 October 2010 - 10:30 PM

You guys already listed my top three, so just to keep it different…

“State and Main”

Woody Allen’s very underrated “Hollywood Ending.”

And a doc…
“Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse”

This is a TV show, but the whole “Project Greenlight” series is a fantastic romp for any aspiring filmmaker or anyone that’s ever been on a low budget set.

James,

I’ve never heard of “The Deal” and there are nineteen of them on IMDB. What year was it? Like you, I’m a bit of a junky for movies about movies.

Thanks.
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#4 John Sprung

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Posted 18 October 2010 - 11:59 PM

Um, Fellini's 8 1/2. Is it forgotten now?





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#5 Tristan Noelle

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Posted 19 October 2010 - 12:16 AM

When I'm feeling down I put in "American Movie". Some people find it depressing, but I love how Mark's passion for film keeps him going.

To round out the three... "Ed Wood" and "Day for Night".

Edited by Tristan Noelle, 19 October 2010 - 12:18 AM.

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#6 Alex Haspel

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Posted 19 October 2010 - 01:21 AM

"Living in oblivion" - everyone who's ever been to a low budget indy set will feel with steve buscemi's character .. this movie also is full of little jokes and situations that your non-film business friends won't laugh about.

"Lost in la mancha" - not sure if a documentary counts as movie, but it sure is big drama! seing terry gilliam up close and personal while his close-to-his-heart-project goes down the toilet always makes want to quit amd get a normal job. still i can enjoy this docu.


cant thing of a nr. 3 right now. maybe later.
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#7 Brian Dzyak

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Posted 19 October 2010 - 03:40 AM

Living in Oblivion

And God Spoke

The Big Picture
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Posted 19 October 2010 - 07:42 AM

State and Main ( I love the producer threatening the lawyer)
Day for Night (yes, OK, already mentioned,but it's worth another)
Newsfront (Phil Noyce's 2nd feature, a milestone in Aust. cinema)
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Posted 19 October 2010 - 10:08 AM

1) "Burden of Dreams" Les Blank's documentary on the making of Werner Herzog's "Fitzcarraldo"
2) "Sherlock, Jr." Okay, it's not about movie making, but it's one of the earliest, and one of the best movies to deconstruct filmmaking. Buster Keaton at his apex.
3) "Man Bites Dog" Remy Belvaux's brilliant pre-"Blair Witch" mockumentary that explores the role of a filmmaker in his own work.
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#10 Christian Appelt

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Posted 19 October 2010 - 11:16 AM

ED WOOD and IVING IN OBLIVION are my favourites, too. Here are some more:

LA NUIT AMERICAINE (Francois Truffaut, 1974)
BARTON FINK (Joel &B Ethan Coen, 1991)
TWO WEEKS IN ANOTHER TOWN (Vincente Minnelli, 1962)
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#11 Charlie Peich

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Posted 19 October 2010 - 12:05 PM

"After the Fox" - 1966

Dir: Vittorio De Sica
DP: Leonida Barboni


with:

Peter Sellers
Victor Mature
Britt Ekland

Everything they poke fun of, still happens today!

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#12 Robert Costello

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Posted 19 October 2010 - 01:05 PM

Imamura Shohei's: The Pornographers (1966)
"It tells the story of porn filmmaker Mr. Ogata, whose business is under threat by thieves, the government, and his own family."

Inland Empire (2006)
David Lynch's wonderful movie about the making of a movie called "On High in Blue Tomorrows"

The Bad and the Beautiful (1962) dir. Vincent Minelli
with Lana Turner and Kirk Douglas
"There has been much debate as to which real-life Hollywood legends are represented by the film's characters. Jonathan Shields is thought to be a blending of David O. Selznick, Orson Welles and Val Lewton"
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#13 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 19 October 2010 - 01:47 PM

I'll add one that no one has mentioned yet, "The Stunt Man". Also, "Singin' in the Rain".

That, and "8 1/2" would be on my list of three, followed by "Ed Wood" and "Living in Oblivion" probably.
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#14 Stephen Murphy

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Posted 19 October 2010 - 02:24 PM

Check out "Ready when you are Mr McGill", a tv movie that perfectly sums up the UK tv drama on set experience
in multiple parts on youtube
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#15 Kieran Scannell

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Posted 19 October 2010 - 02:48 PM

Check out "Ready when you are Mr McGill", a tv movie that perfectly sums up the UK tv drama on set experience
in multiple parts on youtube


Thanks Stephen! Never seen this, Absolutely spot on! I worked 3 month stints over 2 years on outside broadcast at the BBC as camera assistant, brings it all back!
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#16 Sean Lambrecht

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Posted 19 October 2010 - 03:44 PM

Not yet mentioned, the documentary "Audience of One". Church donations, 65mm intended for projection @ 60fps, a nearly decapitated DP, space travel... I could go on but it really needs to be seen to be believed.
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#17 Brian Dzyak

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Posted 19 October 2010 - 05:52 PM

Is it possible to perhaps edit the title of this topic to be somewhat grammatically correct? :)
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#18 James Steven Beverly

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Posted 19 October 2010 - 10:25 PM

Is it possible to perhaps edit the title of this topic to be somewhat grammatically correct? :)


UNFORTUNATELY sometimes I MISSES stuff.....like Rs, But thank you for mentioning it.:D
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#19 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 19 October 2010 - 10:51 PM

Not really so much so a film about filmmaking, but I'll throw in Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story, good movie and well worth the DVD.
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Posted 20 October 2010 - 03:17 AM

You guys already listed my top three, so just to keep it different…

“State and Main”

Woody Allen’s very underrated “Hollywood Ending.”

And a doc…
“Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse”

This is a TV show, but the whole “Project Greenlight” series is a fantastic romp for any aspiring filmmaker or anyone that’s ever been on a low budget set.

James,

I’ve never heard of “The Deal” and there are nineteen of them on IMDB. What year was it? Like you, I’m a bit of a junky for movies about movies.

Thanks.


It's Steve :) and The Deal I'm talking about is this delightful little movie:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0848281/

released in 2008

You know one I missed, Incident at Lock Ness. Funny movie

Edited by James Steven Beverly, 20 October 2010 - 03:20 AM.

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