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"colin higgins" Discussed on Celluloid Junkies Film Podcast
"It's life is a school project. twenty-eight-year-old Ucla Film Student Colin Higgins rated as a twenty minute short, his master's thesis, a gay man living amid the tumult of the counterculture movement in Los Angeles. He screenplay captured the sense of change in the. The. Oppression of the fifties horace Vietnam in Kent State shootings had instilled in the younger generation and mistrust of organized authority. They turned instead to new age philosophy, environmentalism and hallucinogens that promoted self actualization. How more would celebrate this newfound social liberalism. But to ensure would not let off the hook. He framed his story around taboo. A romance between an eighteen year old boy, an seventy nine year old woman. He can sought feedback from peers who encouraged him to expanded into a feature length film. To support himself he and taken a job as a polk Lena chauffeur for an affluent family. He was hired by Mildred Lewis and became acquainted with her daughter. Susan who drove to and from school as part of his duties you want. On these trips would share ideas about the project with Susan. He recounted it to her mother. Colin handed a copy of script mildred. He thought it was good enough to be made into a studio film. She bought it to her husband film producer Edward Lewis. Would respect respected his wife's judgment after all had been mildred, who turned him onto his greatest success BOTICA's ten years earlier. Lewis sent the script to Peter Bod. Vice President of production at paramount, reposited, posited onto his boss wrote Evans. The timing couldn't have been better for a few years. Hollywood had been cashing in on the social awakening of the youth market with films like graduate and easy rider, returning a healthy profit. With its trendy politics, unconventional, subject matter, Harold and Maude at the type projects TJ were gambling on. Seemingly overnight and intrigue Hollywood fashion he begins, went from coal clean at a Hollywood screenwriter, selling Harold and Maude for one hundred thousand with another hundred thousands of follow with the film returned to profit. Despite the windfall higgins was apprehensive. He wired the paramount would sand down the provocative elements of screenplay. He had a clause written into the contract that he would be considered for director off the shooting testings, which he did at Columbia studios with seven thousand dollar budget. Despite his best efforts, the test only confirmed higgins inexperience. The studio needed to director that was win. Barred suggested Hal Ashby. Ashby began his career as assistant editor. Working with Masters like William Wyler and George, Stevens with the help of good friend Norman Jewison. He slowly moved up the ranks to editor and ninety sixty seven won an Oscar for his work on Jason's in the heat of the night. Three years later, he directed his first feature, the landlord, a satire that critiqued racial tensions in America. The film came and went through today to still considered a lost gem of the American new wave. On Nobody Ashby signed on in September, Nineteen, seventy with reservations existing on both sides. Ashby wasn't sure he could blend his talents with higgins quickey material. And, paramount worried that Ashby's chronic pot-smoking made him a risky investment. After failing to convince paramount to let Heathens Direct Ashby gave the first time rider a credit to strengthen his influence over production. Before to shoot the film in San Francisco. Mostly because it would impede studio interference. The seven weeks shoot would begin on January fourth, nine, hundred, seventy, one with a one point three million dollar budget. The production would ultimately lost thirteen weeks and coming at one point six million. Veteran stage actress. Ruth Gordon was first approached restaurant by producer Robert Evans. We knew the lively outspoken actress from her work in Rosemary's baby. The seventy four year old OSCO read the script and was elated. Nobody could play it, but May. She said it's a terrific pot. Big acting scenes deepen moving then funny, and I sing a song and dance. Talk about vitality. It leaps off the page and she's anti. Ashby preferred Edith Evans and met with an array of other actresses including Gordon for offering the part. The Harold Ashby auditioned twenty one year old bud cort an actor who'd worked with Robert Altman onto recent films after screen testing with Gordon caught beat out a number of other actors including Richard Dreyfuss. Ashby always knew how more would have a strong musical element. He originally wanted Elton. John to write the music and possibly stars Harold, but the budding musician who just finished writing Seoul's for another movie and wasn't interested. He did however suggest another artist who's folk pop style seemed to align the film's Esoteric Things twenty-three-year-old Prodigy. Cat Stevens. Stevens locked the script, but wasn't show. His music was a good fit. He met with Ashby who said a piece of film to one of Stevenson's Stevens took the bait and agreed to license his music. Throughout Filming Ashby Listen to Stephen's minor j Jake. For the Tiller inspiration. The musician wrote two original songs for the film. If you want to sing out, sing out. Don't be shy. Social was ashby of his choice that he filmed more singing. One of Stevenson's before negotiations with musician were finalized. Heralded more difficult shoot thwarted by Miller -cation mishaps, crummy weather and scheduling conflicts to add to his troubles Ruth Gordon it turned out couldn't drive, and a stunt doubles enlisted to create these scenes. Caught struggled to build a rapport with Gordon who's no nonsense. Professional demeanor made her difficult to access. He would later save his star. She's like a fifteen year old teeny bopper. She jukes around and she's got more energy than anybody I. Know including me. Corp assisted the relationship improved over time. Called flew down from London to surprise golden when she was featured on an episode of this. Is Your Life now included on this bracelet charm for your new motion picture? Herald and MAW. Your Co Star in Harold and Maude. Who all the way to Hollywood from London to be with you? Here is Bud Carter. Not long after Gordon would call court when his father passed away from Multiple Sclerosis. Suddenly, we were the characters we had played courtroom recall adding it was one of the most important friendships I've ever had. More challenging was caught working relationship with Vivian pickles. The theater trained actress who played his snobbish puritanical mother. Pickles did not care for improvisational style, and the two would not make amends until years after the film's Release A. More delays when bill locking the actor hide to play the street copy pulls moreover. And Harold Steel Poetry suffered a terrible motorcycle accident during attack, which left him with several fractured bones. The actor was bedridden for months once again, as was forced to think on the fly, he would return to location later and shoot the scenes with Thomson. Despite this the Harold and Maude set was a happy one. At the end of each day the crew would retire to a screening room and watch the films dailies in what seems a perfect teaching 'em anecdote pot. Smokers took depositions up the front. The squares made up the middle with the drinkers taking up the rear. In Higgins I draw. The story is bookended by two hangings. The first is faked by Harold as a means of tormenting his mother, but the second Israel, a final solution to herald inconsolable grief. Higgins eventually went with the more life affirming ending. Like Higgins before him Ashby. Considered killing Harold in the final scene, but eventually sided with the right up. Herald is permitted to live playing his Banjo with a skipping this step as the final credits roll. The first of the film came in at three hours. Off Viewing it produced a child's mole hill, said I remember looking at it, and thinking that my career had begun ended because it was just awful, it was long and tedious. You wanted to strangle moored if she opened up and laid out one more pontificating, he just wanted to slugger. harangued by Baden Evans, who continually attempted to undermine his control over the film Ashby? Over the edit finally at the end of Nineteen seventy-one, a series of preview screenings were held the audience reactions. Will.
"colin higgins" Discussed on Bloomberg Radio New York
"Speech by the U. case chief brexit negotiators yesterday it's going to be a hard series of talks that's a good bit business fashion his summer kill off with more what's going on around the world good morning Raja south Korea's president moon jae in is called the corona virus an emergency for south Korea's economy announcing extraordinary steps to minimize its impact moon warned that the virus could be big and longer lasting than a twenty fifteen epidemic that killed thirty eight people back then the central bank responded with the rate cuts on the government enacted a eleven point six trillion one extra budget the head of the foreign policy is warning that despite ceasefire agreements in day be a fighting is still taking place Jessa Burrell also said the truce and arms embargo on being violated he estimated that the cuts in oil exports from Libya have also weakened its economy costing around sixty million dollars a day in lost oil revenues and Australian support for new coal mines has plummeted amid growing concern about the impact of climate change after some of blighted by a wildfire crisis a survey by the Australian National University showed any thirty seven percent of respondents support the opening of new mines that sound from forty five percent in June global news twenty five the day on and quick take bye bring back come by more than twenty seven hundred Jennison and assembled one hundred and twenty countries I'm Sandra kill health this is being back Caroline thank you so much so to for the day eight now it's time for our weekly features in focus segment where we explore what tomorrow's trades mean for today's markets this week we're heading in on commodities as we just heard from Glenn cool the world's top commodity trader it flag that it is watching closely to see how the corona virus is impacting Dimond it's key commodities one piece is a which about the bags executive editor of energy and commodities will Kennedy well good morning thanks for coming in normally we would perhaps be focused on leadership put plan call because in December the Glencoe Sierra was telling investors to prepare for more leadership changes that would have been immense in the markets surely and yet coronavirus is perhaps really where we are today yes coronavirus is the focus for all commodity companies right now China as we know it was the driver of commodities demonically really can go is a huge problem on it for example and chart of accounts for more than half of the global copper market Sir the fate of companies like Glenn Colin B. H. P. which report in Australia last night it will be decided by how quickly the Chinese economy recovers from this at this event yeah I mean we'll circles wrangler American it clearly is an issue right across the sector which is the key areas which are the key commodities to watch for yep copper certainly one and not had a pretty torrid start to the the year oil of course you know we've reported as we discussed the old amount is down much of three million barrels a day or three percent of the global total so we need to be very life to any rebound in and commodities in Altamonte and then of course you have a big one for the global mine is not clean coal but but PHP and we especially is all in all I mean China is the center of global steelmaking and any slowdown that will have an impact on their enormous idle mining operations and with most failure okay as to them what have you cleaned so far because yes we have V. S. P. group had planned cool we've got a good American and a new one cool to come what if you cleans in times of that view of the impact of coronavirus because as we would pull you the number of infections the number of deaths in an intervention by the Chinese government and and elsewhere very hard to know how swiftly we can get over that the B. H. P. Cummins were interesting they said that they are not yet revising downward survival estimates for the mom this yet they say that as long as it's kids contained within the first quarter the the the the this year there's no reason to believe that the mom what snap back quickly and replace the months of being lost already they said that if this continues have into the second quarter valley beyond the end of March then it will have an impact on on a full titles is here that seems quite optimistic to me don't forget that in the oil market already we have major full because of like the I a estimate that what's happened so far will dampen the projections Dimond growth this year by as much as four hundred thousand dollars a day that's interesting you you mention is that I thought it was a good line on the on the M. live blog this morning talking about well markets appear ready to complacent about our subject is that is that how you say it I mean quite possibly this is going on for a long time now when we you know and and people looking things like how much people are driving in China and you know how to move people going back to work and I'm yeah the airline business is still tightly for use in in Asia by this event we're not seeing it any rebound malts rebound in Altamonte as far as we can see in the longer this goes all the mold that that's likely to play out interested here never get if not now just about China with seeing as you mentioned in your bulletin earlier this is spreading into operation economies very fast like South Korea like Singapore like Japan and this will have a an impact on oil and indeed come once a month more boldly okay great so thank you so much for joining us this morning that simply bikes executive at it's a full energy and commodities will Kennedy I thank you so much for coming in on what is a key market ready the call she's market this morning I Connie to recharge a crude futures are trading down eight tenths of one percent fifty one dollars sixty three the bile Brent crude fifty seven zero two so sit down by one point one percent so yep the glossy spaces with the cake and straight ahead on Bloomberg daybreak you could be looking at another issue quite place because we've had that interesting speech from David cross the chief U. K. brexit negotiating being very hardline in terms of what he says the U. K. position as head of those talks beginning on brexit in March we can be talking to you he could see I Colin Higgins getting his reaction and what the impact might be a course.
"colin higgins" Discussed on Full Cast And Crew
"Then he put it in history of the world part one. That's the light. Touch of Mel Brooks looks right right exactly this works. Let's let's let's kill. It was trying to amuse the cast and crew between takes and the old walk this way joke and then the other thing I read was the Hump Remove removed. Yes sort of as prank waiting for the cast to notice when they did. I was another keep it in moment and I wonder if that inspired inspired the moving mole and Robin Hood men in tights on Hundred character on one hundred percent. I'm sure it one hundred percent Mardi so good and I love how again the subtlety of Mel Brooks the first shot. Where you see Marty? As Igor Mel freeze frame it pushes into his giant Bulbous. All this is just an underscore. She's missed that for a disease. purists out there would like to know why. Hey Marty Feldman look the way he did. How many of your viewers listeners? Do you think are disease purist. Probably a lot probably probably a lot. Marty suffered from thyroid disease and developed graves up Thal mop affi OPTIMA pathy which caused his eyes to protrude become misaligned. Additionally a childhood injury a car crash boating accident in reconstructive surgery may have also contributed to his appearance. Whatever her works honey? You know what I mean. Those is my going was like agog looking at his eyes wondering what was going on and they really do i. Actually I haven't seen the movie in a while. I was watching it last night and I I I thought like wow how did they do. Those prosthetic is about an inch out of Marty's head. Yeah very extreme strain is very extreme. That's great and I love you. Just go on about gene wilder forever in this. I don't know if this is the best gene wilder movie ever. It'd be hard not to put Charlie and the chocolate factory on their So we're street came up recently because in our Harold and Maude episode the screenwriter. Harold and Maude also wrote Silver Streak. Bizarrely that's right Colin Higgins and he wanted to do a sequel. Where Richard Pryor's character from silver streak? He taught maude how to steal cars in Prequel that that can't be real. It's real really. Yeah he wanted to do like I love Harold D'Amato anti silver streak a lot as we said I mean Richard Pryor and Ruth Gordon yes not ruth buzzy now although that would be good too but Richard Pryor and Ruth Gordon would have been amazing so looking at gene wilder film career small part Bonnie and Clyde I always forget that. Aren't you glad we pick you up. Good Ran Dan host. Maybe on join up boy Sherwood flies here that back home with bill to say if they heard Lordy. What do you do anyhow now? I'm an undertaker to get them out of here. It's hard to almost appreciate what he's doing wing and how complicated it is. Because he makes it so effortless and so both of any character that he's playing but also always gene wilder performance in a really interesting way. Yeah I don't know how does that. But my God he's so talented and there's so much physicality in his performances and it's an it's really varied. I'm Charlie and the chocolate factory is so different than silver streak. That's so different from young Frankenstein. Yes he also has this undercurrent of anger. You're always yeah but it becomes negative in some way. He's always kind of playing that so so that you understand that the character is misguided in a certain way. Yeah there's like an undercurrent of frustration. And all his characters that's interesting observations observation and I didn't host just for the element here for the likes. Okay so speaking of the anger. That's good cue for this clip. Ah I go. Would you give me a hand with the bags so you take the under house i. They stopped at talking about the luggage. Yes ladies this way. It's going to be night if you need me. Help with the goals please. Gene cracking up takes was like a ongoing problem on the set. Yes almost to the point of annoyance to some of the other cast members closely Schmidt specifically said in several interviews that it was very frustrating and she actually felt at times that her best takes weren't able to make it into the film because he broke so often and then that seeing that we just I saw with the with the biting the Fox stole they said was the Mellberg's said in an interview that it was the best and worst day of his life because it was so funny but they kept breaking so they had to do it over and over and over and Marty Feldman kept getting some of the for his mouth and that would set off gene wilder. Dr Just was this over and over again so that take yeah. I think he can see him on the starting to break. It's funny because you always hear the comedians in comedic filmmakers. Talk about that the way to do a movie like this is to play it straight largely and that's how you get it to be really funny and certainly gene wilder is doing that right where he fell been you know. He's he's the type of comedic actor who is doing that but he also totally to the camera and and is chewing scenery. Chorus doesn't really do that. I think Kerry guard does a little of that but I could see chorus being sort of old school in that regard. I think her and Madeline Kahn. I think both played very straight you think madeline contemplated straight I think so well. She's a little goofy though. I mean Komo. It's hard too because like their character. So yeah but closely chairman is like just deadpool. Incredible incredible serious and and coarsely. Lebron and Mel Brooks are both still alive and they're both ninety three years old. Wow that's crazy. That is crazy now when we get into our madeline. Kahn documentary. I I think one of the things we're going to discover. There's a certain remove with her in a way. Gene Wilder is so emotional and available He's not holding you. At arm's length length even when his characters are using their anger or screaming or whatever he's giving of himself so much on screen and there's a warmth. Have you ever seen gene wilder talk. He's very soft soft delicate and gentle. He's not at all. He's a very spiritual person when you were nominated for an academy award for that positive. Did you feel that The derive arrived where nothing position success as an actor. A family popularity yell known really I thought that it was When I think back to those days now how fragile that kind of success is my tendency is to say no but to be honest I think I probably it'll be thought yes? Tell me why it's almost every ounce glide read about you suggests that Gene Wilder AH fields insecure. That you spent something like seven years. I think in analysis how will have to be insecure to be an analysis. No no no no but I said at the suggestion was that you are cica like every human being. I'm insecure in some things and very confident than others. I should say was. Unfortunately they passed away. Two Thousand Sixteen but there is a thing with Melanchon. Who has this incredibly rare comedic gift? But it's always a little bit at a remove. Yeah I don't know if that's just the character she got no. I think that that's another great observation. I think fit. It does feel like there's a separation for her with. She does an amazing job in the character. But I do think that there's not as much Openness when it's a little more at arm's reach until then I'm more Al-Turk protected. I guess I wonder if you were around her and met her. If that would be the if that would be what it would feel like whereas like from whatever when saying about Marty Ready Feldman it's like he's just this big like funkier kitten puppy dog presidents. What you see is what you get same onscreen same offscreen? I don't know what she would have been like. Yeah Yeah I'm kind of amazing but we're going to find out because I think that Madeline Kahn documentary you. Don't we're going to call it if anyone anyone knows you. You don't have the title. You may not be the right person to climb right. Just Gimme a minimum on. What's the most iconic Madeline Madeline? Kahn uttered phrase in the history of movies. You would jealous that your husband was stopping at that. That's why killed him to yes I did. I killed I hated her so much. It it it. Flame flames flames on the side of my face. Rebate breath heaving breaths flames. uh-huh Madeline Kahn. Story Okay I how did you miss this. I I was trying to think of a pun using her name. Yeah exactly Jenny now. I know Jason Cope with flames. I got you freaking flames Nino Day and no I I was thinking I wasn't thinking of basing title off off of a quote. That's that's what were you don't want to. I don't want to impose my title on the film so you tell me what your thoughts give me. Give me an hour after we're done taping and then we'll just uh-huh boom boom boom okay. Well why don't you email me later. A list of your top five names for the thing and I'll read them into the record here the listeners. There will just be waiting baited breath for that list. I think one of the things we have to play of course. Because that's why they give you an actual frau bluecher button on the DVD. That you can play over and over again.
"colin higgins" Discussed on Full Cast And Crew
"Stop Asthma Richard. Pryor and Ruth Gordon Together onscreen would have been the ship. It would've but again that's such a strange choice of all the things that we wanna know more about modes life. You don't know about how she know all her all her resistance and all right you know battling the man and all that what. What is it what does that I write it down somewhere? Fighting for Liberty Rights and justice. I WanNa know what about that. You know what's one of the most heartbreakingly beautiful lines in the movie. There's a line. She says how the world still dearly loves a cage. God that's a fucking amazing easing line. That's Colin Higgins. I mean he was so so fascinating and would have had an incredible career as a writer and probably as director because of his versatility. Silver streak nine to five Harold and Maude Assamese written by the same person. That's really bizarre and amazing. So all of these components how Ashby and you know the two performers performers and they amazing script. This all makes you feel like it doesn't have to necessarily hold together as this pefect film. Yeah but in a way it's like of course not but it's more of a you can love to think it's a it's a thing it's a thing a philosophical statement is but it's like grease. It's like it doesn't matter I mean I. It doesn't matter whether Greece is good or bad. It's the way or well acted or well considered it doesn't even matter. It's a iconic four hundred hundred two hundred years from now. People will still be watching Greece and seeing those songs right. One hundred. Two Hundred Years From now herald is still going to have a cultural cachet. It's still gonNA means something say original statement that stands the test of time but that doesn't mean we can't Hobo. You slow drawing holes in the balloon just essay places where it might have been better. I'm in agreement. Centrally about five The Publicity Department had some interesting promotional ideas for the release. They considered sending motorcycles with sidecars with an old lady in the sidecar driven by a young man to to create publicity and the motorcycles would carry a just married sign and play information about the the the show the idea was dropped. Additionally it was contemplated avoided that we could have Ruth Gordon plant a tree in a central location for an ecology tire. That's the kind of idea you would come up with marketing. Except no she wouldn't. She would be liberated. Yeah well maybe planting the trees she liberty. I love that Sony Scenes Sammy for great scene with scare it. Licensed lady when I don't believe even driving maybe forty five minutes. Wouldn't you say how we were hoping to stop. But you see it's rather hard had to find a truck truck only took yes. Well it's not really but we would like to get it into so as soon as possible. Get Straight eight ladies. Nice chatting.
"colin higgins" Discussed on Full Cast And Crew
"Filled in jumble. Pain show is insane taking a ride on chasm mixed train switch who's an epic soul allowed of them sitting amongst a little pocket of open flowers and then they're in a graveyard as you pull out the graveyard. Just takes on epic proportion in all the gravestones are the same. And then they're all white and the song is. Where do the children play hard not to look at that as a direct commentary commentary on the Vietnam War that was going on at the time? That's such a beautiful beautiful secret. That's great that's great scene between the two of them man. Ruth Gordon is just so funny. I love her skipping out of the cemetery when they see each other at the first funeral and she's got her yellow umbrella just brings joy and I. I don't know what it is. She's such A. There's no one like her and I think that's part of her thing. Is that when you have her. You're getting Ruth Gordon. You sound like record never. Did you know the Society Grand Dam pulled it off. She probably could never really is her film. And it's more it's more. It's more the kind of cat named mood. I Harold World. Did you know that Judd appetite named his daughter result of this. But I named my cat I now. Here's another critical. Take that I would like to get your take on Do you think that in the end. The death of Maud betrays the life-affirming message that the film has was put forth to that point. No no no. I think if Harold spoiler alert for nineteen seventy-one Harold and Maude. If you haven't seen I haven't seen any dies is she doesn't just die. which would be one choice? Right I of suddenness would be one thing but she takes her own life yes she takes. You don't all signed that odds with her message of carpet dean. I WANNA live. You know. She doesn't want to live beyond eighty their eightieth birthday. Wonderful incredible life. And the you know this meaningful life of resistance and experience and she has this beautiful eightieth birthday celebration with Harold and then she destroys his world world by telling him that she has taken. What does she take pills? She sales I took the pills an hour ago. I'm here saying it's a selfish choice. Yes search and this is what makes the ultimate boomer. I haven't heard that assessment of her character even I. She's not but look if he'd driven his car off the cliff. which when I'm sitting in the dock in Leeds one thousand nine hundred five and I you think Oh my God? He's driving off the cliff. If they both died I would have been disallowed exactly and been good right. It wouldn't have been that was actually an ending saying that they contemplated no and I'm so glad that's not the ending and so then when it pulls back to reveal that he's standing on the hillside playing the Banjo yes and skipping off skipping happily or as much skipping can do but yeah. I don't know that that's the life affirming message at the end of it right that it is. Yeah but I just find it. I do find it a little a little jarring I get it like theatrically I get it sort of twists wise. I get that having a twist is a thing to do. But for for a life-affirming movie where these two oddballs have found each other. But it's a film about death film about life. He's I mean ultimately it's both automates a film about life because he remains C.. Reminds she dies. It's any and he and she helps him to get beyond his fascination his death by dying dying by dying we showing him perhaps that she cashed of death the reality of death in a manner. That's yeah but also that you can have lived this remarkably rich life and death doesn't have to be. It's not the end of her not the end of mode. I mean it is the end from what she's dying stat for Poor Heraldo here he is. He's had a closed heart a closed mine. He's finally open. He finally trusts and give gives himself over to love. And guess what you know what. I'm never fucking doing that again. Because the last time I made myself vulnerable. Look what the hell happened. She went in the fucking killed herself but we can imagine what would happen in heralded motoo. Maybe he would go home and be nice to his mom. This is why I think if you if you look at his performance in heat as the cameo he's this embittered uh-huh asshole. I've always thought that that is Michael. Man's version of Harold. Since he was destroyed by the death of Maude he sort of went onto become this embittered old man. I like that idea. That's yeah that's the sequel. To Make Colin Higgins do two sequels to herald worldview. Yes wasn't enough calling was a really fascinating in wildly talented guy who died much much too young of AIDS at the age of forty seven and nineteen eighty eighty eight. He expressed interest in one thousand nine hundred about a sequel and a prequel. The Sequel Herald story would have court portray heralds life after Maude Higgins. Imagine a prequel equal showing Maude before Harold Grover and Maud it had maude. Learning how to steal cars from Grover Muldoon. The character portrayed. By Richard Pryor Higgins nineteen seventy six film on silver streak as as bad. There's a good radio when you step out of you. You got to step out of the Canes Shit Right You bay put the radio to year. That's going to help you face right. We about it with the rhythm.
"colin higgins" Discussed on Full Cast And Crew
"What good is sitting gene? The county hear the music. Play Chum. Come to the cavalry down the knitting the book and the broom. It's it's time for holiday is a cab to the Kabyle Apple Right. This is really making a lot of sense. If you knew that the agency some really WANNA agent to sort of a bizarre bazaar geriatric eccentric. That's your hopeful. There may be less Sally Bowles now. Now that I'm only I I have so much knitwear it's true you're a little all too fashionable to sort of get there. I think you'd like to think very fashionable. I think it's pretty radical. The a eight nearing during eighteen year old woman could be seen in this light could be the love. Interest could represent the summer of love. Could be you know Just the could embody it could be the focus of this film. Has It ever happened. Since is there another film that gives there was the recent Michael Hanneke film or a Mike. Leigh film or the aged couple was facing mutual death. You know that that will happy-go-lucky. We go lucky Remember the one that was his wife was dying. Eitan what you're talking about which one it came out like a couple years ago and it was it was about like late stage and married and there was no no. No maybe it was Lamar. Yeah it's really amazing. That was both of them. That wasn't just I. They were both old Jesus they both were old and they don't want to go to the cinema and reminded of youth backs. I don't WANNA I don't WanNa look at the cool for now that you've got you've got harold his incredible. Can we talk about his face. Clean his face. If you WANNA talk about Bud cort we can talk about quarter. I have a few points to make I have contention which again this is just simply looking at acting style acting ability at a at a at a relatively young long age for an actor actually think one of the weak links in this movie is but court I think that he does not have the acting skills to stand. Hand opposite a Ruth Gordon and actually deliver a believable connection or relationship and for me. It's one of the big kind of hang ups that I have have with the movie. And I get that his look is icon and absolutely perfect Colin Higgins didn't want but court he wanted someone else. I don't know I'm on ABC. WHO Like Jason Schwartzman? Is that what you're kind of of of the at the time I guess we'll just go into our alternative casting segment back okay. Well here's some people that were considered at the time John. Rubinstein was Who Carnegie had written the part four interesting Richard Dreyfuss? Really how old. How old was he at the time? Twenty six twenty five. But he's all wrong. He's he's No. He's manic and Bob Alabam. That's amazing was eighty years old when he was ten years ago so I I don't think that's wrong. Although I would love to see that I I would love it. And now it makes sense that I'm going to Google Bob Alabama in one thousand nine hundred ninety one picture of him. Because you're GONNA say I mean it's a different ways bold. I think certainly a little Dreyfuss ask I would say so. I don't think he has that kind of addams family esque right power also also just you know yeah. You're you're the type of fan that you can't see anyone else in the point is well made. I'm betting on savage. Yeah okay now. That's interesting. I'll consider that I think the most interesting thing that Butko does break the fourth wall and that's about it really. Oh no no. I don't want you to come around but I'm I mean I'm considering this now. I think there are two to opt Tutu due to occurrences of breaking the wall occur. Do you remember what they are. You can tell me. I'm not sure I can remember exactly where they fall in the film. Okay well the first one is when the first computer dating girl fleas than Bud. Cort looks to the camera and gives a really sly look which is held for almost uncomfortable. Beat eight yeah that was not scripted. That was ad libbed onset and Hal. Ashby kept it in. And then there's another scene later on where he gives the finger to his mother other as she retreats and that also was ad libbed even before he breaks the fourth wall he smiles in Ainley crazily. Well well that's the one. I'm talking about one moment in the first one. Where where the where they chase? After he chases off the first computer eight now what what were they phone. The computer dating isn't it. I thought it was. I had computed. No but isn't that how she's bringing the maybe that's a questionnaire that she's doing yes she needs to talk. Talk About Vivian. Pickles come on hold on. Let's finish with BUD cort. I know you're eager to get off the subject. Because you're taking I. You've you've made you trying it. Look there are Bud cort performances that I love notably in heat He plays the corrupt owner of the diner. He accepts an ex-con into his kitchen and the ex-con is like really grateful for this simple job to try and make a very incremental. Start on a on a straight and narrow life and when bud cort gives him the four one one on how. It's going to go down down break week through told me to come by here since you have a job so you know this kind of operation. Yeah Mental McGregor Grill but if you you tour. Let's the dishwasher. West tables an empty the garbage to give me a hard time a report you loaded drunk stealing and I will violate you back so fast. Twenty five percent of your take on kicks back to me again. grison check it out change in the bed. What are you waiting for? Have you seen Michael. Yes crime for a while right. I came out. I want a gun talk about absence of right. Well there's a couple of interesting female characters died of an aura. Ashley Judd No it's interesting as ruth. Gordon No oh no he has the look. I don't think at this time. He had the chops but Jerry. You're I don't know if he has to do that much. Does he have to do that. Much I it is his performances moving and beautiful and he doesn't have to do very much. Well I think that he doesn't do very much. And you've probably talk yourself into believing that it's a virtue all I'm saying is I think if you step out of the movie you could imagine an actor doing more and I think that if the actor could do more I think there would be more dialogue between them in a way that might be more meaningful one of the things that he does do well. And we'll we'll play this clip really really the scene. That was the audition scene for for actors being considered for the role of Herald. I was was when I was a boarding school in Chemistry lab. I was in the cleaning that up so I decided to do experiment sexual sexual stuff. That game mixing very scientific. There's this massive explosion. It knocked me down. Blew out a huge hole in the floor. There's boards and bricks and flames of figured you now time to lead. My career in school was over so I went home. My mother was given a party so I just went right up the back stairs into my room turned out the light and I got this fine field doorbell. I wouldn't have to the banister and these two policemen came in found him and told her that I was Kim in the fire. She put one one hand up to her forehead. The other should reach downs groping for support. This long yeah.
"colin higgins" Discussed on Full Cast And Crew
"Whatnot. That's not really also what the movie. Here's about assigning flower or film of the type so they didn't know how to make a poster Kyle. Ashby tells the story that I think in Baltimore. There was a theater owner who had had his own budget to market the film that he would book and his theater and he did his own poster he led with eight hundred nineteen year old romance and it worked the the thing that that all the filmmakers were saying studio. You've got to lead with the thing. I'm just curious about four or five. They're like I have to go see but of course the studio wouldn't do that. So that's part of why failed and also came out at a time when I think there was some other other movies in one thousand nine hundred ninety one because it was nominated for Golden Globe. She it was not being nominated for Golden Globes for whatever that means yeah. Are you still Golden Globes watcher. I didn't even you grew out of that. I grew out a few years ago. I think as as you age you give up the golden sit just last too long. And it's ridiculous and Ricky Jay Smith hoisting again and I'll for goodness sake I mean I don't expect or didn't expect it to be Oscar a winning issue but what was it up against in seventy one that you mean what other films released in Nineteen seventy-one while I'm glad you asked Bax because you can find out. Can't you clockwork orange diamonds ends are forever 007 French connection shaft last picture. Show Dirty Harry. That's that came out around the same time. Willy Wonka now. This is a real real combination nation of amazing quality cinema. And the mega man. clute very influential movie McCabe and Mrs Miller Planet ahead of the apes there certainly nothing. That's really as sort of bold in original as this movie. The French connection true. But I mean that's a genre pick yes acute it at the highest level. This is a weird movie. It's weird that God made it Robert Evans who died a couple of months. AGO has come a couple of times in the PODCAST. Because there's a few movies where they really wouldn't have gotten made if not for paramount and Robert Evans at the time. who was at least open to material like this? How ash was actually the the person who pushed back when the studio approached him to direct this movie and he said You know I think Colin Higgins should direct this call? Higgins wanted to direct the movie. Right he said you know. I think the guy who wrote it should probably directed at such a piece of specific vision. Like what what am I going to bring to it. And the studio to placate Colin Higgins. Did the thing that they do. which is to say okay you? You never directed a feature film before like the budget and this is going to be a million and a half dollars or something like we don't really go around giving out the first time directors but I'll tell you what we'll give you seventy five thousand dollars. I want you film a scene for us. How and that'll be your test and you never know if you do a great job? Maybe you can direct it and did he. He did although he always said his fateful error was it. He thought he would show them how efficient he was so instead of doing one scene. Well he said I'm going to do three scenes and then they're I'm GonNa say wow we gave the guy seventy grand do one scene but he did three. We've got a higher him. Of course what happened was he bit off more than he could chew right and they probably were never really seriously going to give him the job. Anyway right but I mean my God to look into Hal. Ashby even film how Ashby was a pretty great thing and I think it's as much hal. Ashby it is anything. Do you think that how Ashby saw himself in mood. I like to think there's a little bit of you know how Ashby a Bouma either. No I was born in one thousand nine hundred eighty nine right He. What do they call it? In this country. The silent generate the missing generation the quiet generation. Really Tom Brokaw says in England they call them more babies. Sure right but when was house. twenty-nine the lucky few kids name for generation. It says the often overlook generation of the lucky few those born from twenty nine through forty five after the greatest generation. But before the first baby boomers. Okay so yeah he really. I mean you know. This is modes journey speaks to in his journey to in a way he fully embraced the counterculture right. Oh absolutely I mean. He was smoking pot in the fifties before it was even cool before anyone even knew what it was. I think we got the best generation named anything generation right because I was talking the other day about the ninety S. What a pathetic era era so there really is not a lot I mean? It's it's probably the worst era the worst decade in history. The nineties culturally. It was when I watched Harold move for the first time. But that's not the heritage doesn't have anything to do with the ninety S. That's just happened to be when you discovered it right but I mean go t's grunge like disaffected disaffected. We'll met I know but we were full of Shit and we didn't. We weren't that way no of course not everyone else was. This is one of the things about coming back to this film. Twenty five years after having seen it so many times I've seen it for years and years and I was nervous. Actually actually I did think you're nervous to watch because you you. I thought I might hate it. I I work in a he knowing you might feel cringe but you know I didn't cringe a tool. There was nothing nothing about it so I've had this experience with. I mean I think now the older kids and I'm very rewarding and it's the worst thing to do this it really is usually watch that. Don't hold up a all of them know well doesn't hold up. Maybe it holds up for me but that that might sneeze so ghostbusters. Wow actually cynical back to back to the future. She loves okay. I'll talk about that. What is it about that? I think appeals to the of Stranger things loving one thousand nine hundred thing retro thing. That's happening right now. That's a good enough reason to right into it. Ghostbusters was was purely about the fact that there are no women in it. Sure nothing other than wearing a floaty nightie unturned. Sta uh-huh criticism right. But that kind of is the same for all the films. Yeah but that from the eighties which we know her context. Can't you put that in. Context doesn't doesn't mean in the whole films have many moments where I mean ten minutes into footloose and then I think well this is not such a good idea. It sure is us. There is a time to every purpose under heaven time to laugh a time to weep. Time to mourn it is time to ditz really. We won't watch this so you know but but I feel like this so I was worried worried that this would be a sort of rookie pitcher show moment for me. You know watching something that I watched so many times and I loved and of course it's it's so much more beautiful and meaningful and radical and tubby breaking in ways the rocky horror picture show sadly is not and I think you now I was watching it at the same time as I discovered cabaret so I really had this movie or anything devoting your time to perform in cabaret both both things but cabaret the movie and so I had this you know mode and Sally Bowles Obsession..
"colin higgins" Discussed on Full Cast And Crew
"London was like you know the breakfast club if might lead director she. I would love to see yes I would. I should do a remake. We should suggest still around right. He is I'm GONNA ride him. You know it's funny. Say That about sort of looking through the card catalogue. I was thinking king that one of my formative experiences around the same time was video store related because browsing was how you discovered things exactly. It wasn't like you just did. Would everybody on social media told you to watch right. It was recommended for you on Amazon along with your other picks exactly so you would go to the video store and you would you would if you were me. You would just take an hour to selectively browse and make decisions based on an arcane set of criteria which could be cover art blurbs staff recommendations used to be a way of like how toby's working tonight he usually pretty good okay. I'll take a chance on something like that. And that's so I would get into these nineties American things like Hal Hartley for you or go strangers but those videos still recommendations were tough too because there was often the guy who worked in the video store who would who would kind of harass you to watch certain things that you liked and then I would end up feeling really pressured to take home. You know they WanNa see when actually I just wanted to watch. It's like the Jack Black character in high fidelity exactly. It's exactly like that on on dude play. Don't WanNa hear what's next. What's next say little loopy Lou Mitch Ryder and the Detroit? Wheels righteous brothers. Never mind no not never mind you tell me right now. What's wrong with Russia's brothers thing I just prefer the other? How can it be bullshit to state a preference so it took me a while to get a vhs vhs copy but it always seemed to me like it was incredibly out of place as a as a counterculture film from nineteen seventy one out of place in your time or out in any time at any time at any time? I think that's one of the reasons is held up so well is. It doesn't seem to me that it speaks to what was going on in in California in seventy one a surly you think about kind of Altamont a Nixon Vietnam and but it's all these these threads it's in that connected to its time but it seems you know in some ways out of time. Well there's there's a negative review of the film did from Roger Ebert at at the time famously. Only gave it one and a half out of four stars. Why well I will quote it to you? He said what we get finally only his movie of Attitudes Herald. Is Death Maud life and they manage to make the two seem so similar that life's hardly worth the extra bother now. The part of that that I think is actually speaks to what you're talking about in a positive sense is that it's a film of attitudes movie of attitudes in that. I mean it's not so much the performances per se to me. I think it's the I mean. Yes Ruth Gordon is Ruth Gordon and his amazing almost always in everything The movie itself as a movie as a piece of screenwriting in writing as a piece of directing as a piece of editing as a piece of cinematography. I have some I I would take some issues with it. It's not. It's not good in a lot of those ways so it but but tell me more about what you mean. Well it's give me some exotic okay. So here's an example like Colin Higgins was a first time screenwriter. CONAN's would go on and write a lot of very successful movies. Silver streak nine to five huge hit movies but this was the first time script and I think you can feel that in the final result Hal Ashby although he had won an academy award as an editor for in the heat of the the night prior to this. This was his second film and I don't think how Ashby is yet the Hal Ashby of being there shampoo. WHO coming home? You know the kind of era defining movies that I think he would be known for over a couple of decades. I agree three by also think that the seed of what he is best known for in so many ways. which is these naive heroes? That's right that and and I suppose you could be very critical in a row E. Beltway and say that this is a precursor to was Anderson's is remove and yet I mean there would be no way Sanderson without Harold and Maude. Well that's a very good example because I would say rushmore which is a lot to herald and moths for for a director may be similar at a similar place in his career. I mean to me. Rushmore is more systematically complete movie it. It's it has a little bit more going. I'm for it. Granted it's taking place and being made twenty years after this was being At least but for me. This isn't a movie that I looked to and and I think there's an acting performance that so magnetic. There's a visual style. That's so unique. It's it's the it's the overall attitude of the movie which is what gets into you and it's what stays with today's with a criticism. I'm just saying no. I think it's a really valid observation and I think you know in terms of performances and direction and script. Yes it's not a perfect film but it certainly nothing is no. Nothing is but it's ninety one minutes. Let's of absolute joy. And yes and it's also I think unlike rushmore and I love Rushmore. Is You know it'd be no Max Fisher without without Butko but I think that actually harold and mood holds up in a way that. I'm not entirely sure rushmore. Does I would feel more comfortable. Showing wants to be the teenager. Litmus test I would feel more comfortable showing Harold to my going on fifteen year old. I would rushmore and in part because I think she'd find find Rushmore Boring and I also think rushmore. Sa- me one of the reasons I love it is. It reminds me so much of the mood. And when you say you're more comfortable showing doing it to her. Because you think this you harold and Maude would these you. It's work. It's magic immediately. More show than rushmore. Would yeah I also it's darker it's more it pulls a lot of John much more controversial. I mean Max. Fischer's romance with What's the name? What is the name? Lovely cool miss know. Somebody Olivia Williams. Great she was great. She's great these Are scrubbed Oh are they. I mean look. Rushmore is rushmore. It's amazing just think about the their relationship and then think about and then think about Harold and mood and think about you know how it's crazy groundbreaking and remarkable. All of that is and how did that. I didn't even happen. How did it happen? And why did the sex scene get caught. Well we can talk about that. I mean Hal. Ashby wanted to film a sex scene between bud court art and record numbers in real life during the making the film was I believe twenty three years old. He just happened to have this face. That was credible so teenage looking. There's a there's a post coyle scene where instead of smoking a cigarette bud. Cort is blowing bubbles. Yes and they are both sort of obviously unclothed under under the bedclothes but you see more of him than ever. She's working and how Ashby to his credit he wanted to show both youthful skin and aged skin. I think would would have been amazing and provocative and of course the studio was not interested in that at all and when they released a trailer for the film I believe there was a little snippet of of. I'm not sure if it was them making out saying I don't have the I think on the criterion DVD. You can see that trailer which allegedly got the a trailer editor fired aired somewhere in the studio freaked out. It doesn't appear in the film and they never knew how to market the film. It like flopped. Not only because I think it was so hard to market to be fair to the marketing department who never gets really a fair shake and why should they. But you know both Colin Higgins and Hal Ashby and bud cort and really everybody hated the original poster which was just this black and white sort of looked like a mimeograph with just harold and Maude. Auden a black and white photo told you really nothing because on the nights of bike yet no and even the motorbike one with the flowers and.
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"And it pulls back and you see him in his fantastic blazer and his and his tie and I was hooked right from that first first minute I just thought this is the most and of course the pulls back and reveals this is a fake suicide attempt and he is tricking his mazing mother. So Yeah Yeah. That was my first experience of Harold and I did come out changed. I came out of my art house. Cinema leads thinking the world looks really different today and And it's never has been the same since Colin Higgins who famously this was his first screenplay has one of those only in Hollywood stories where he was in film school and he was working working as a pool. Boy Any showed a draft of Harold and Maude which I think at the time he had intended just too short. He showed it to film producer. Louis this who showed it to Robert Evans so at the time was a big paramount. And that's how he that's how this thing went through the mock nations to become a go project as they say in. Hollywood would seem that you refer to the brilliant opening scene was very much what Colin Higgins had in his screenplay. This is one of those movies where someone hasn't seen it for the first first time. You're SORTA jealous. Glad for them because they get to have an experience that you can't really have because when we watch that now you're sort of you're watching it for how it's put together in the meticulousness of showing us this fake suicide which you don't know fake until until after the fact and all the more impressive for Nineteen seventy-one starting starting a movie in such a deadpan. Right kind of like I said black comedy way where you're sort of like Holy Shit. Where are we going? Where is this going? Yeah Yeah I'm not time continues for at least the first twenty five minutes throughout those early you know. Fake suicide attempts on a dog as well. They're very dark. I mean is this is it. Am I correct seeming. This one of the first black comedies. Why would I don't? I don't know if it's one of the first. I'm trying to think of other example. Well I mean I mean. The media touched on in terms of disaffected youth movies and would be the graduate right. which is I believe? Nineteen sixty seven. So it's a number of years before this. That's not as duck. It's it's not as dark but it has a lot of similar rejection of parental values. It doesn't have quite the urine oddball and that's okay. I mean I think one of the things. This movie has always spoken to people about. Is that sense of otherness and not fitting in that ultimately being okay. Let's watch a clip. Let's do that. I was going to see the scene. Where Herald Meets Maude?.
"colin higgins" Discussed on Bill and Frank Eat Pop Culture
"Number between two and eight hold on hold on I'm going to. I'm going to keep pedia right now. This is very interesting. I'm GonNa read this. It doesn't matter better. Known needs to give me points. But I want to read this. Okay Colin Higgins was a British actor who appeared briefly as Wedge Antilles Star Wars episode for a new hope while his character. I was never called by name. During the battle of briefing scene descript novelization identified him as wedge however wedge was played by Dennis loss in an all other scenes including in episode for during the fight because this inconsistency went unexplained for so long the character who has the line that's impossible even for computer is nicknamed by Star Wars fans as fake wedge at some Deep Lore. There right that's interesting. I'm glad you asked that question in just because that's so interesting. This game show is amazing. All the guys I can. I have a visitor coming to my house right now. I'm talking to somebody what's up. It's uncle frank. John Thank you guys. I in their KNEIPP'S I gotta go up and get her hair tie real quick back. Uh Okay Bill so the score is three to one in your favor. Please pick either two three six or eight six bill. WHO said it? I never knew I had it in me. It's fun to think about the sexual part that would be C.. Three Po Human Cyborg Relations Bill. You would be correct those away with this Johnny. You'd better pick it up. Yeah I'm with you on Alan. Okay Johnny this is your last round. Please pick two three or eight eight. Oh Johnny who.
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"That song was originally called nine to five and came out in the same year whereas the movie nine to five and then when the song which was a massive hit in Australia which of course Sheena Easton native country that was retitled morning train green and this is what pop music was in nineteen eighty. Chris that's why I needed Nirvana twelve years later. This I was tapping my toes. It's a great song are you saying it's Kinda Corny. It's not very fight the power but she needs to choose a big deal. She British Hershey Australian. I don't know I was looking at the nine to five childish Scottish. If he's not Scottish clap nothing. You're right I was just trying to resist making another highlander joke because I think three in one episode. You know what that reminds me did highland today. We're actually watch the highlander. Listen to the highlander episode. Is that one of our more popular. I thought it was going to be released that it was like. Oh Yeah it's it's going through the roof through the roof. Let's see tailender. It's okay it's not. It's not one of the. It'll be sleeper. I'm sure we'll check out the top five episodes of the podcast. You're number one Bohemian. rhapsody of course number two jaws of course number three three. You'll never guess monkey chats correct number four. You'll never yes. You'll never get to be last Unicorn but I'M GONNA missile robocup no the ballot. Buster scruggs. Oh you know what I remember seeing strange among the many things. I've learned doing this podcast with you. That episode taught me something very fundamentally important about yourself. Which is I'm always right about movies? No light it taught me. It taught me that what you hear and what you think are not always true. Boy Is that right. I'm not talking about myself. No I'm with you. I agree that movie came and went as far as the conversation. Starters on the Internet are concerned. It wasn't a Bohemian rhapsody however he was vastly popular film and vastly popular episode of the podcast. Just goes to show you that what you're dead. Sheep will oh he's not necessarily what's really going on. Remember that that's a good point. I think though there might be the overlap between Chins scratchy Cohen. Brothers enthusiast's podcast listeners. Maybe crisper doesn't explain. Monkey shines or National Lampoon's vacation which is the fifth most downloaded episode. Ever of the PODCAST. I anyway. Marian Mercer love her. I think she's like what we would call that guy in a male actor. I don't know what we call it in. I don't like saying actress actor so so that woman just doesn't have the same ring as the character actor Guy But she's indispensable. I like that kind of actor because this sort of thing is like she does. Is this thing and it's like if you do that. And it gets known people need that in movies quite a bit. I think like Dabney Coleman. There's something about her. I think because of her height and her thinness there's a sort of regal bearing that she has and yet she has such a comedic sensibility. That yeah she can seem high status but it doesn't feel threatening in the same way. Wouldn't be for soap. Opera would well in a comedy like this. Of course Erling Hayden for crying out loud is in this movie weird. Yeah I mean it was. It was not the best. Ask Part of the movie but it was also fleeting one scene. Sure literally odd scene. It's an Colin Higgins. First of all who who was the director and writer but did not play Wedge Antilles in Star Wars now. I don't know if you've noticed that was that what he's listed as. Yes yes and no you see. There was another Colin Higgins who is one of the three actors to play Wedge Antilles Shoe that we're actually in a new hope. Can we get away from Wedge Antilles his instead of the guy from local euro. Save this guy named Colin Higgins who are then got to be known in the Star Wars community as fake Wedge Hogshead TAT dogged him for the rest of his life and then ended up dying years ago so he died too so there are no existing. Well Count Gins is dead this colleagues. Yeah they're no Colin Higgins's left but the other Wedge Antilles until he says we believe me I- Chagrin the day that I decided to funny Wedge Antilles Post on the facebook page. which you every day I get a hundred notifications of additional comments? God No wonder those two guys just quit out of fear of Fan Service morning to the Internet the any he is in David benef- and game of thrones guys like you said it was a little bit heartbreaking. I don't think Sterling Hayden was great in that role. She supposed to be like colonel. Is He supposed to be like Kentucky. Fried Chicken Colonel Sanders. Like I don't know whose idea that would kind of by corporate titan. Is that the other guy you talked about Henry Henry Jones or whatever the Henry Jones but actually so I thought he was hilarious. He was a better. Why would you make that character particularly southern? I don't know who is neither so funny. North Korea probably because it was Sterling Hayden. And he's probably got an idea and the director is probably like it's fucking Sterling Hayden. I mean sure go for in the commentary track. Apparently they were saying that part of the reason why he looks a little bit Out of it it during the scene is he needed to cards to remember his lines. So Wisconsin look at me and he wasn't. I guess as experienced doing that as say like Marlon Brando Autumn. It was also again not not a great scene rushing to shoot inclusion even to the point of sending Dabney Coleman off to Brazil which is why would you got here. That's so great trial but I guess I guess in nineteen eighty. We saw Brazil is some sort of horrible fate to be sentenced to and even we. You know the the movie card rules string Bikini on him and then when he gets boiled or eaten alive or something here is appears he gets Oh. He's an APP kidnapped by what I think. I don't remember direct phrase that they use that something Yeah something along those lines..
"colin higgins" Discussed on Full Cast And Crew
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You're just GONNA look stupid and no one's going to like you and where's the meaning in that. Wow I I was suggesting maybe a quicker enter would just do this. Here's what's good to like nowhere near as this on Chris. I don't know what the hell that was. That was the same thing as this just with music. You delivered one side of the movie nine to five and I believe I just delivered the other. That's all so we are here to talk about the one thousand nine hundred eighty wow. That's a long time ago. Nine Thousand Nine Hundred Eighty s Colin Higgins written and directed rewriting. The original script by Patricia. Resnick shut up. Patricia resnick also fill nine to five Jane Fonda Lily. Tomlin Dolly Parton. Dabney Coleman a movie Chris that I think every certainly every woman who was of a sentient age in nineteen eighty today. We'll have an immediate affection for this movie. I'm talking about my wife. She mentioned that she remembers seeing Ansi counts. People would leap up in the movie theaters and applaud. And I remember my mom single working mom big fan of nine to five so I was excited to see it again. I wasn't sure what I was GonNa get the same thing I do remember. I didn't leap up because while I was censured I was still pretty young but I do remember very very vividly and actually I haven't seen it in full since then I probably I wasn't sure how it would age and and I actually don't remember I mean I'm sure it's all with my parents considering my age. I don't remember when my mom's reaction was and I don't I haven't mentioned it to my sisters or anything like that so I don't know oh how much it stays in their consciousness. Something interesting to find out for me. It's a tale of two movies. The first forty five minutes or an hour or so are so spot on delightful the setup of the three female characters Dabney Coleman in orbit with each of those characters in unique ways. The office construct. What's going on in there? I thought is just so masterfully done. It's a great height forty-five minutes then. Unfortunately this is one of those movies that takes turn away from that into the whole kind of slapstick thing where all of a sudden there's a missing body and they think there's a corpse in a capture. I'm sure it and driving around. And then they actually get him and chain them up and hold them captive for some reason. I'm still not entirely clear on and there's a whole rigmarole all in subplot stuff that to me gets away from what was great about the first forty five minutes. Yeah I mean I agree that it doesn't all work as well. And it's interesting. You Know Colin Higgins did not live live too much longer than eight and he did not has the longest career or even in that time he didn't produce that much but I'd be interested to look at more or of his stuff as a director. Because I think the biggest problems with those things actually I liked the you know they end up kidnapping him after Yongqing that they had accidentally killed him. They snap from to keep him away to blackmail. I actually sort of liked that escalation and how it mixed fantasy of having power with taking the power all of that was good. It was in some of the the execution that it was a little bit flabbier the script I think more than the direction though even within that like there were parts in that second third that I thought worked so well and we're still l. very insightful in ways that were outside of the workplace and then the very very end was a little too. I was thinking of this movie in comparison to all the president's men This I mean who doesn't think of those two together in terms of Jane Fonda Shepherding it in the same way that Robert Did yes and It was pretty interesting to read about that and how they had gone. You know what had inspired her to want to make this movie. This is one of the early films from her company. I p. c.. And it was based on a friend of Hers Karen Nussbaum who had worked with an organization in Boston called nine to five and they had different stories. They were more dramatic. More less dramatic and sort of ended up settling on this comedy and as Jane Fonda on to put it quote it remains labor film but I hope of new kind different from the Grapes of Wrath or salt of the earth. We got a lot of stuff that was filmed even stop. The Director Colin Higgins thought worked worked but which I asked to have taken out. I'm super sensitive to anything that smacks of the soapbox or lecturing the audience. You know she is somebody who's very associated with her politics but being very conscious Of that politics coming through in a comedy I think it works for the most part even though like I said there are some elements that it does feel like. It's trying to stick in established formulas formula a little bit too much but But Hey it's Hollywood. I understand why they sort of took the turn that they did. It's one of those screenplays where you can kind of imagine it working better on the page age than on the screen. I was reading about Colin Higgins. You only directed three movies as you said. His life was tragically cut short. He died of AIDS in nineteen eighty-eight his directing credits he directed did the Chevy Chase vehicle. Foul play in seventy eight nine to five and the best little whorehouse in Texas in ninety two which was also Dolly Parton vehicle as the writer or the Rabbit Holes I went down was Colin Higgins rabbit hole. When I read most of a book about the making of Harold and Maude because Colin Higgins famously wrote his first screenplay ever which is an accomplishment akin or even crops greater than the guy who wrote Heather's right Carnegie sat down and wrote himself Harold and Maude based on a film school class exercise? Just like the writer of highlander and right and through an only in Hollywood set of events ended up working as a pool boy in a home owned by a Hollywood producer. The producer's wife had put a flyer up at the film. School Sake. A pool boy needed must have car CETERA. He needed money he applied for this job. He got it and he never. It was not a mercenary job. It was like he'd never expected that it would lead to what it led to. He was there he would end up telling the wife elements of this short film. He was concocting and she said you shouldn't waste that as the short you should write that as a movie so he wrote as a movie or husband read the screenplay Robert Evans who just passed away. This week yes last week. Got The script and through a convoluted limited series of events. Harold and Maude did move forward at paramount at a time. When Robert Evans was in control to his credit and a lot of stuff has been written about Robert Evans in the last week or so sort of? which movies does he really get credit for through? which ones doesn't he? You know in Harold and Maude. He definitely worked the system to the advantage of the film and Colin Higgins was at one point attached to direct correct the film but they gave him some money to shoot some scenes and he said later in his life he realized he made a tragic error. which was he wanted to show them that he could do a lot quickly so he picked three scenes scenes instead of one and shot all three? But he's like what I should have done was just done one scene really well but of course Hal Ashby ends up attached. And what I I read. I think they had a pretty good relationship. How actually didn't really want to direct and said He? This guy should direct but then ended up making some pretty important casting decisions which I think resulted in Harold Harold and Maude. Being a special as it is obviously Ruth Gordon but court. So That's where Colin Higgins career started which is crazy. Then he wrote silver streak freak foul play nine to five and a couple of other herald offshoots In reading about it said that heroes of say in France play version of it did great and ran for like seven years whereas close with an hour to play here. I think it's right. There was a Broadway production that I think it wasn't a musical i. I don't think it was. I think he was probably the same play. But there was a harold and Maude. Musical that premiered at the paper mill playhouse K.. If I can quote talking Broadway Dot Com Headline Harold and Maude papermill. Musical delight easily surpasses classic cult film so obviously musicals better than film mentioned that. I was reading a book about the making of Harold and Maude and the tone of it is what was so amazing. And it's still amazing nineteen seventy-one that Fo- suicide element that occurs so much throughout Harold. Maude right you meet the main character. We think he's hung himself and he's just staging a series of suicidal pranks to try and get a rise out of his mother that fully formed tone to me is so on display in that first part of nine to five which I really love as like a comedy of the workplace of Type. I don't think we had seen before taking entirely early from the secretary's perspective and what they've got to deal with on a daily basis and it does so in a way that's so funny and so sharp and to me ironic back because it's impossible to imagine anyone other than Dabney Coleman as that character and even though it's this feminist movie you need Dabney Coleman in order for these three stars orbit around and spark off of and they're so good with him that for me when he's removed from the movie for all intents and purposes this is at the halfway mark then the movie starts to suffer. It's like one of those lessons of taking one of the people off the screen and realizing like Oh God. We can't do that. You know. We need him to be continuing continuing to interact with these characters when he doesn't really after the whole hospital scene where he talks himself out. And then there's the mistaken body thing when they have them captive. There's not really any scenes other than him just being in a ball gag in like a visual joke. That just doesn't really add much to where we're going. I would much rather seen more of them. Actually making the office work for themselves in a way that sort of only kind of shown in visual term at the end when he's when he returns to the office office we see them. Drafting the memos. And sort of saying the things we already sort of glossed over and almost a montage. Your furniture is different. There's a daycare. There's all these things like that they did but for me. Nothing is as good as those battles between him and and the three stars like they're so funny together and you have three actors offers in Dolly Parton Jane Fonda Lily Tomlin who are so different from each other comedic but really all so good. And you know I don't know if this counts as being within the realm of them sparking off of each other but the fantasy sequences you get like those also not only are they.
"colin higgins" Discussed on The Empire Film Podcast
"Remember, when you were I in a room together, the three of you, did, you know, then we'll we we Dalian lily had the same manager the late sandy gallon, and he had a he had us all over for lunch. And they didn't want to do it. I mean, it took me almost a year to persuade them to to to be in it. And then once they you know, I hired at at sandy gallon suggestion. I hired another writer and a director named Colin Higgins, brilliant guy. And and then they agreed to do it. That's awesome. One of those incredible. Was it was an easy shoes? I mean. Oh, really? Yeah. It was really really easy flocks the studio was very supportive of it. And Colin was a great guy that we all adored, and Dahlie Lillian, I all got along. I'll never forget the more. That she came in Dali came in with her long fingernails using them like a washboard instrument. And she said, I I think I've I've I've got the song we're gonna cheap. Started to sing the song. And lillian. I looked at each other was lag. Wow. This is going to be a huge yet. Absolutely. I I knew the song years before I was old enough to see the film, and it was. Yeah. It's a classic. Yeah. That's amazing. Dolly, it's it's sparked, you know, TV show will misdemeanor lately a musical since of seni- coming up to a sequel have you favor of those kind of spin offs. I guess no. No. Have you seen the musical because it's a to come to London? So we're just found that out a really I saw it in L A in New York. Yes. Good one. Should we buy tickets? Yeah. If you like the movie, you're gonna like the place, basically the same thing. Awesome. So what was it was it, by the way, a conscious decision in that film to void the usual romantic subplots, or did it just feel like well, that's just not relevant to the story that was relevant to the story. We wanted to do a story about women office workers and make it funny. And and after Colin Higgins was hired to to write a new script. We we I called women who ran the national association of office workers that was based in Cleveland, Ohio. And I said, okay, I'm gonna bring Colin out here. Can you round up thirty or forty women who work in the big companies like insurance companies, and hospitals and banks and? And you know, we'll sit in a circle, and they'll each tell their experiences and so forth. So we did it and after we'd gone around and everybody talked. He asked genius question. He said to any of you fantasize what you'd like to do to your boss. Oh, lord. And that's where the ideas that the fantasies which are just such a fun. Yeah. Yeah. Me as well about Grayson and Frank aiming reuniting first of all with lily Tomlin after all this time. But also, again, it's sort of revolutionary in the in in telling story that hasn't been told before is talking about getting older, but starting your life over at the same time, which I think people haven't really I don't remember seeing anything deal with those kind of subjects before in this way. Well, yes, different. I mean, both of us lily Tomlin character and my character. We've both been married for forty years to lawyers who are law partners. And we don't like each other very much me in the beginning five years ago when we started and the very first episode of the season one, our husbands ask us to meet them in a restaurant for dinner. And we assume they're gonna tell us that they're going to retire, which means that we can go off. We don't ever have to see each other again. And instead they tell us that they fall in love with each other. And they're leaving us to get married. And to which Frankie lillies characters has I know I raise money for that, you know for the cause of same sex marriage. And so they go off Sam Waterston and Martin sheen to fantastic men and tastic actors and Lillian I are left, and we hate each other. And so that's you know, that's the comedy. So we have to we have to and this has happened to people..
"colin higgins" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM
"Dolly Parton and that an thermic song from the nineteen eighty nine to five which he also started along with Jane, Fonda and lily Tomlin. The original hit film is about three women who turned the tables on their sexist boss by adopting him and taking over the business. The film is being released in the UK. But more importantly, there's going to be a sequel which will reflect the metoo movement and has young women looking to the original tree for help living legend Jane Fonda starred in the original movie. She also produced it when she came into the BBC Sanjiv busker asked about the film, we filmed it at the end of the nineteen seventies. And it's a comedy, and we end up devising a plan to take over the office. And it's very funny and very successful. And it made a big difference for women office workers in the United States at the time. What was the original spark for the idea came from you? Was there? A moment was his side became friends with a woman named Karen Nussbaum during the the Vietnam war. We were we participated together in the antiwar movement and her day job at the time. She lived in Boston was organizing women office workers and every time we would see each other. She would tell me stories about what they have to put up with. And eventually I said, well, I wanna make a movie about this. There was an organization it was called nine to five the national association of women office workers, and I was an activist within that organization. I knew the leadership, and I said can I wanna bring Colin Higgins, he wrote and directed at to Cleveland where the organization was Cleveland, Ohio where the organization was based can you get together thirty or forty secretaries of different ages different races different. You know, big day. They have to be in big businesses, like banks, and hospitals and insurance companies. And let them sit in a circle and have him ask some questions and have them tell their stories, and so that did happen. And I brought him to Cleveland, and they went around in a circle and everybody kind of told their stories, and then because you know, Colin was a genius. And then he said to any of you fantasize what you'd like to do to your boss and the roof came off in the thinks that they told us we're just some of them couldn't even use once said, she she she we didn't use this one that she wanted to cut the boss up into tiny pieces. Hey and put him through a grinder and then put him in a coffee, drip, machine and add water and have him, drip, helpless, coffee arena. Detail a lot of detail. Yeah. But it was just it was the most brilliant thing to think of and that's where the Pharisees come from. One of the things that again struck me about the film. I mean, it's got just the best beginning when the song starts, you kind of know the refund time. Yeah. And is it rather the department came up with the song while you were we were shooting and one morning. She came in your she has nails that are about four inches long. And she came in one morning, and she she's she asked Lillian I to listen, she said, I think I've come up with a song. And she used her nails like a washboard. You know, I can't do it because my nails aren't long enough. But she kept time with her rubbing her nails together. And she started singing and Lillian. I looked at each other. And we knew oh, boy this not only will be a hit this will become a movement anthem. And and it did and it did. And after the movie came out nine to five the national association became district nine to five part of the public employees union. Yeah. So I mean, there's never quite been anything like this that has ever happened before where a movie emerges out of an organization, and then helps the organization move forward and become a union. Then we traveled I traveled with my friend. Karen Nussbaum across the country, and to all the openings in each opening would be a fundraiser for the local chapter of of nine to five when you were filming itself was did it feel like a policy where you having a good time. It was as well because there's that pressure. Yes. It was it was I have a producing partner I had a producing partner Bruce Gilbert, and it was like a party we all got along. Really? Well, and there was a lot of laughter, for example. Dolly had never made a movie before she showed up the first day not knowing that she didn't have to. But she had memorized the entire script. Jane fonda. They're my guests today are curator, Don Vanya, and film critic, rich Cline and rich. I believe you. Absolutely love that film. I did I was very young. When I saw it when it when it came out of the cinema, and I just loved I think we went to fit like five times in a row because we were just obsessed with it. It's just it's a hilarious movie. And it's I find it astonishing that it's forty years old. I find it. I haven't seen it for years. But I can't imagine that it hasn't aged while I think it probably house age pretty well. Because the themes in it are so far ahead of their time. And nobody had address things like that. And and now it's all obviously, very current against like an understand why they're talking about making a sequel. Right. So it's relevant today. Obviously, it's a year since the metoo movement began with accusations against Harvey Weinstein. He denies the charges now a number of people in Hollywood face allegations of sexual assault. So Loudon is a sequel good idea. I think it's a great idea to to bring back the original film because they think it's great to look at that as you said rich within today's context and to see how not necessarily ahead of its time. It was but how relevant this issue has always been. And now, nothing's changed. Nothing has changed how history repeats itself. And do we learn lessons from our past? But I think the difference today is that women probably feel they have more of a voice than they did before. But I tip my hat to Jane Fonda because she was doing it all along, right? From that moment, she was promoting good health through her exercise videos. She ever do her exercise do them. But I do remember this was in the eighties. And it's a she was putting on those. I I owned all those VHS's people those cassettes big fat ca says rich did you do? Right. Is their gender equality in your field? Well, I think it sort of depends. We'll at what level you're looking at are. There are a lot of female curator's. Definitely are there a lot of female, art historians. Yes. And probably more than men today. But I think what I would just start throwback. Another question and say, well, look at who how how many directors of museums are women how many heads of departments and museums are women, but I would say on a day where we have a nice balance that reflects the population, you know, the people going into the field of female, directors and male directors, then I'll say there's gender equality..
"colin higgins" Discussed on WBBM Newsradio
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"colin higgins" Discussed on The Canon
"And then talking about what they would love to do to that awful boss of theirs and then the movie cuts disasterously to these filmsequences like imagining their fantasies and they just drag in their hopelessly poorly staged in there in competently edited and they're just this kind of laugh was voight until the third one when lily tomlin is imagine herself a snow white poisoning the boss am i don't quite understand why she snow wider what's going on in air but it's louis tom and planes no white you're going to laugh at that kasese jeez a genius yeah she's got that smile of only tom some oh she so good on this but i i just insist that there is no way that these colin higgins sequences before he developed those best little hor house jobs there's no way that these filmed fantasy sequences are anywhere near as pleasurable to watch as watching those actresses planos characters describing these fantasies wouldbe alternate oh that okay that say that you're gonna say as these actresses smoking pot and i was gonna say nine and i don't like either of them they are a i would rather see them describe it because they go on so long it's crazy how long sequences ago i like when a lily tomlin sequence um he's got these disney styles snow white animated um bunnies and things rounder and they all it kinda ugly like they're just like slightly their ears are a little too long appointee they look a little mangy that like main judas and i don't know that on purpose they just didn't have animators who are quite a look at each leaper then the reuse shots all through the disney robin hood from the 70s so i love the disney run her from the said they were even bothering the redesign characters from the last perfect turning wisdom do the fat berrigan they should we'll fat bears are wonderful i love blue i love fat bears i was just in bear mountain and you have in your beautiful state of new york and i didn't see any bears and i was really said but jordan hoffman uh who will be on a shown a little bit made us listen to.