Author Topic: Hearts of Darkness / Lost in la Mancha, and other such films about films  (Read 1210 times)

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In the Blu-Ray thread it was mentioned that Hearts of Darkness is getting a release as part of a new 3-disc Apocalypse Now set. I haven't seen the documentary because it's unavailable on DVD in Region 2 (as far as I know), but I'm dying to get a look at the notoriously difficult production. Edit: Turns out it's on YouTube.

Anyway... today I watched Lost in la Mancha, the behind-the-scenes film about Terry Gilliam's disastrous attempt to make the Man Who Kiilled Don Quixote. I was wondering if VerbWhores could recommend any other similar documentaries about troubled film shoots, and whether you have to have seen the finished film to appreciate them.

Re: Hearts of Darkness / Lost in la Mancha, and other such films about films
« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2010, 07:13:52 PM »
Burden of Dreams, as I mentioned in the other thread.

Re: Hearts of Darkness / Lost in la Mancha, and other such films about films
« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2010, 08:14:57 PM »
You may find the documentary on the making of 12 Monkey's interesting?  It's made by the same film-makers as Lost In La Mancha, again follows Gilliam's struggles but this time thorugh to the finished film.  It's an interesting and entertaining piece; one of it's strengths/weaknesses is Gilliam himself, he's such an endearing and likeable figure that any objectiveness get's thrown out the window as you just can't help feeling for, and siding with him.

If you have the Alien quadrilogy DVDs from a few years back there are great 'making of' documentaries too, (they last about 2 hours + each and aren't the usual, throwaway, ad campaign toss that get given as DVD extras.  Well worth a watch).

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Re: Hearts of Darkness / Lost in la Mancha, and other such films about films
« Reply #3 on: September 08, 2010, 08:59:41 PM »
From Dusk Till Dawn includes Full Tilt Boogie, a 90 minute making of documentary. I can't really remember if it's much good - and it feels like a bit of a swizz them treating it as a full on film, rather than a puff piece - but it takes a vaguely interesting angle with the non-union Mexican crew and there's something about Harvey Keitel being a truculent git about appearing in it.

I've not seen it myself but Overnight, the rags to riches to rags story of Boondock Saints director Troy Duffy, is meant to be good.

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Re: Hearts of Darkness / Lost in la Mancha, and other such films about films
« Reply #4 on: September 09, 2010, 12:00:55 AM »
The 'Making Of' on the DVD of 'The Thing' is actually longer than the movie, if I remember rightly. Though it wasn't an especially troubled shoot. But it's worth seeing.

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Re: Hearts of Darkness / Lost in la Mancha, and other such films about films
« Reply #5 on: September 09, 2010, 10:28:23 AM »
Would “American Movie” qualify in this category? Don’t know if anyone would have been interested in “Coven” otherwise, but it’s absolutely brilliant.

I suppose very long extra features on DVDs don’t get the same cache as “proper” documentaries about films, but the one on 12 Monkeys is indeed excellent. That was a film that sparked hours of debate between me and the guy who I went to the cinema with, which is a good thing, and although the documentary didn’t help me, it was still good. Agreed on the Alien one as well, especially the interviews with the original writer Dan O’Bannon.

As an extra on the season 1 boxset of “Kenny vs. Spenny” there’s the entirety of their film, which I can’t remember the bloody name of but is about them trying to get a film made, and doing the festivals and interviews and so on. I’ve heard nothing about it that didn’t come from the comment section of Kenny’s Facebook page, but it looks like it might be good fun.

Re: Hearts of Darkness / Lost in la Mancha, and other such films about films
« Reply #6 on: September 14, 2010, 09:08:47 AM »
Overnight is very good and well worth watching