The First Film Commissioner

March 09’s Vanity Fair has a great feature on Harry Goulding, the pioneering Colorado-born rancher who, it could be argued, did the work of the world’s first film commissioner….. It’s worth reading the whole article to be once again reminded of how the movies can impact so forcefully on how we see the world, but…

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The Out-of-Towners

Comedy, tragedy or cultural delusion? In January’s Vanity Fair, AA Gill ponders the meaning of a Sex and the City bus tour that takes in some of the New York locations of the movie and the tv series. Sounds truly too ghastly for words.

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We’re going to have a Military Coup…..

A great story from Peter Biskind in March’s Vanity Fair; during the filming of The Deer Hunter in Thailand, producer Barry Spikings’ chief Thai liaison was General Kriangsak Chomanan, at the time the supreme commander of the Thai military. The producer simply called him “K.” Spikings recalls; “We needed lots of weapons, helicopters, armored personnel…

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