Awhile back, I was writing about a well-regarded series I saw on Amazon Prime, Dead Like Me. I learned that the creator left after only a few episodes, over differences with MGM.
I was thinking a screenwriter’s life could sometimes be rather frustrating, with revisions sought by the studio and even actors. Like trying to write a book with a lot of fingers on the pie – “No, don’t make the character like that….this is how it should end…why do you have the character doing…this?”
One would think that if a studio is sold on the pilot, then let the writers keep doing what they want with a minimum of interference.
Judge them by their own creativity.
I have a post coming for the 75th anniversary of the Iwo Jima landings set to come out next month. I also watched the companion movie to Letters (they were made simultaneously) Clint Eastwood made in 2006 – Flags of Our Fathers. So you had 2 movies of Iwo Jima – from the perspectives of both sides.
It is all too easy to lump a wartime enemy into “they” with monolithic stereotypes and behavior.
A bit on Carroll Shelby
In my car club, we have someone whom I would call a character and a free spirit. There are a number of stories about him, but the one I will mention tonight involves a claim of his of some years ago.
Tony casually told me that he had a dinner with Dan Gurney, Phil Hill, and Carroll Shelby.
You can imagine what I thought about that.
Last December, I was writing about a very limited showing of a fascinating movie on World War 1 that director Peter Jackson made. It was fascinating for the digital restoration he made of the old film, now over 100 years old.
Now Director Erik Nelson has breathed a similar new life into a film about World War 2 and the Mighty 8th AAF.
Courtesy of 20th Century Fox
Driving home just now, I was trying to think of all the people who had both a strong musical presence and a strong stage or screen presence.
There have been a few stars of either the small or big screen that were 1 hit wonders. But the screen stars who have also had a strong presence on the radio have been few and far between.
I’m thinking of Bing Crosby and Barbara Streisand.
And Doris Day.
Growing up in Studio City I will always remember this song of hers.
For many years, she lived a quiet life in Carmel.
Celebrate a bit of her legacy here.
I’ve mentioned from time to time my enjoyment of seeing old movies on the big screen, once again. You see it as the director wanted you to see it. Came across an article on a recent WSJ on how the movie business is changing. These days, Hollywood stars want a guarantee that their movies will play in theaters.
As far as video streaming goes for my home entertainment, I have been late to the party. However, once there, I have realized how much of the video world I have missed.
Some of the bigger streaming companies are taking the place of Hollywood, and making their own movies and series.
So much so that for Netflix, Hollywood is starting to take them seriously and view them as a tough competitor.
When I was stationed in Germany, I took every bit of spare time – and leave – that I could, to see both neighboring sights and other countries. While on the trains, I liked to talk to the Germans, ask them about World War II.
There were 2 such conversations I remember distinctly to this day after 46 years. One was a (then) middle aged woman. We had a pleasant enough conversation until I got to the War.
What did you do?
I have an appreciation of history, despite a number of teachers who did their best to quell it. Most teachers want the student to memorize names and dates. History becomes sterile. Those history teachers are legion.
We are where we are because of the past – some very small but consequential events, some cataclysmic.
And, one would think, that the subject of diplomatic history – the study of treaties – would be the most boring of all.
“Anybody can conceivably die on any given day. And we’re all going to die eventually. Soloing just makes it far more immediate. You accept the fact that if anything goes wrong, you’re going to die. And that’s that.”