. . fall off the Empire State Building, Urwand writes. One of the characters muttered something about beauty and the beast. One of the characters? Muttered? Something? In fact, the speaker is Carl Denham (not so incidentally a movie director, who sets the entire plot in motion), and he clearly declares, It was beauty killed the beast. One of the most famous lines in movie history, this is hardly a random aside; its the take-away. Not to belabor a single sentence, but Urwand misrepresents the speaker, the statement and the tone. On the one hand, he seeks shock value in the vision of a flesh-and-blood monster watching a celluloid monster; on the other, he turns a potentially vivid scene into a dry sidelight. Urwand is too eager to find scandal. Revealing Hollywoods concessions as if they were breaking news, he plays down the fact that Variety reported on this tendency in 1934. He implies that Lives of a Bengal Lancer delivered a National Socialist message, but since the film stars Gary Cooper as a British soldier in India, this seems far-fetched. And when MGM was no longer permitted to remove money from Germany, the companys accountants engaged in what was essentially a laundering scheme involving the purchase of German industrial bonds that were sold at a loss to salvage 60 cents on the dollar. Yet Urwand magnifies this maneuver into the claim that MGM helped to finance the German war machine. As a film, The Collaboration might make a fascinating short about a shabby sidelight to a terrible history, but not a feature presentation.
Its very unique, and thats what inspires people the most. This summer, about 300 crewmembers spent two weeks at Icelands Thingvellir National Park, shooting for the upcoming fourth season. Game of Thrones producer Chris Newman told Icelandic news website Visir this summer that they were creating the Westeros world in the drama and that Iceland fits the vision for the imaginary continent. Ive been filming here and working here for 25 years working on and off and I know, having driven around so much, that theres so much landscape here to make the show just seem enormous, said Newman. The variety of locations and landscapes is a huge selling point not only for television shows, but also big Hollywood films, said Leifur Dagfinnsson, chairman and founding partner of Truenorth, which has worked on films including The Fifth Estate, and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Director Ridley Scott chose Iceland as his alien planet for the 2012 sci-fi film Prometheus, choosing to shoot in Icelands northern highlands. Iceland also hosted a crew of 1,000 people for Clint Eastwoods 2006 war film Flags of Our Fathers. In addition to the wild landscapes, there are financial reasons to shoot in Iceland. Tax incentives lure filmmakers, as the government operates a generous reimbursement program. Visiting film productions could get reimbursed up to 20 percent of their production costs while filming on Icelandic soil, a substantial benefit on films costing tens or hundreds of millions of dollars. To qualify for the rebate, filmmakers must establish a company in Iceland, or create an Icelandic branch of an existing company. The filmmakers then send details about the film to Icelands Ministry of Industry, along with an estimate of production costs. Eligible production costs do not include wages for employees who pay tax in another country. We wouldnt stand a chance without this rebate, said Dagfinnsson.
Hollywood actor Brad Pitt meets World War II hero who has NO IDEA who he is
Ex-tank crewman Peter Comfort, 90, got a phone call from the producers of Pitts latest blockbuster in which the actor plays the commander of a Sherman tank. They invited the D-Day veteran on-set to watch the filming of the A-list stars latest WWII action movie Fury and help the actor get to know what life was like living and fighting in a Sherman. Peter went to meet the Oceans Eleven star – and left the film crew in stitches when he told him hed had to check him out on the internet first. He said: Mr Pitt was very friendly and charming actually but I didnt know who he was. I said to him Until last night I didnt have a clue who you were and then I googled you and youve been in quite a lot of films. They all rolled about laughing when I said that. I dont do modern films. I am a fan of actors like Alec Guinness, but of course he is dead now. Peter, the last Second World War survivor of the 13/18th Royal Hussars, was assigned to the Sherman tanks at just 21 years of age. He landed at Sword Beach on D-Day, June 6, 1944 with the tanks going into the water 500 yards from the shore – something the Germans had not seen before. By the end of the day, 140 of his colleagues were killed and 350 more were wounded. In the new wartime thriller, which is being made in Hertfordshire, Pitt plays the commander of a DD Sherman tank. Peter from Ripple, near Dover, Kent, said: My regiment, the Light Dragoons, got in contact with me about three weeks ago. Theyd been approached by an ex-officer who worked for a film company and asked if there were any old boys left. Then Brad Pitt phoned me and said he wanted to speak about Sherman tanks for a film. He talked me into going and, I have to say, I was extremely well treated.