In 1997 the British band, Primal Scream released an album titled Vanishing Point. It features several sampled from the 1971 film, and was conceived as an alternate soundtrack for the film. 

 The car featured in the film is a 1970 Dodge Charger R/T. The Chrysler Corporation loaned filmmakers eight of the cars to use during filming. However for the explosion scene, filmmakers used a 1967 Camaro shell, you can see the Camaro fender nameplate onscreen after the crash. 

 Charlotte Rampling played the role of the hitchhiker in the Vanishing Point. The American release cut all her scenes, however they remain in the UK release of the film. Now, on the DVD, you can see both the US and the UK versions of the film. 

 Both Kris Kristofferson and Gene Hackman were considered for the role of Kowalski. Hackman was director Richard C. Sarafian’s choice for the lead, however 20th Century Fox insisted on using Barry Newman if they were going to make the film. 

9 months ago on 9 July 2013 @ 4:35pm
I'd like to humbly request two films that you could cover, Vanishing Point and Zabriskie Point.

Sure thing! I’ll see what I can find to post! Thanks for the requests! :)

 All About Eve was a huge box office smash. When the time came around for Oscar nominations, Anne Baxter (who had been praised for her performance that year) begged to be placed in the Best Actress category instead of the Best Supporting Actress. She did get nominated for Best Actress alongside her co-star Bette Davis. They were up against Gloria Swanson (Sunset Blvd.), Judy Holliday (Born Yesterday), and Eleanor Parker (Caged). Ultimately Judy Holliday won the award, to everyone’s amazement. Altogether All About Eve was nominated for 14 awards (the most for any film, only matched by Titanic in 1997), and won six for Best Picture, Best Director (Joseph L. Mankiewicz), Best Screenplay (Mankiewicz), Best Supporting Actor (George Sanders), Best Sound Recording, and Best Costume Design (Edith Head and Charles LeMaire). 

 While filming All About Eve, Bette Davis fell in love with co-star Gary Merrill. Both were going through a divorce at the time, and after filming was over and both their divorces were finalized they married in Mexico. During their marriage, Davis continually begged Joseph L. Mankiewicz to write a sequel for All About Eve, based around the life of Margo and Bill. After Davis and Merrill divorced, Davis told Mankiewicz, “Joe, you can forget that sequel. I’ve played it and it doesn’t work.” 

 The iconic party dress worn by Bette Davis in All About Eve was designed by Edith Head. When it came time to film the scene, Head was horrified to find that the sleeves to the dress did not fit over Davis’ shoulders. Just moments before cameras rolled, Davis came up with the simple solution of shifting the sleeves off her shoulders. 

9 months ago on 25 June 2013 @ 10:47pm + 11 notes
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 During production rumors flooded around Hollywood that there was tension on the set between all the cast. This was not entirely true. The only feud on set was between Bette Davis and Celeste Holm. Holm recalled, “I walked onto the set … on the first day and said, ‘Good morning,’ and do you know her reply? She said, ‘Oh shit, good manners.’ I never spoke to her again - ever.” Davis later said of Holm, “Filming All About Eve was a very happy experience….the only bitch in the cast was Celeste Holm.” Holm got her revenge at the end of the film when her character was supposed to laugh. She laughed on queue as she was supposed to. Davis glared at her, surprised that she could laugh on queue. Davis could not. “I’m sure you could if you tried,” encourage Holm. “No I can’t!” replied Holm. Then, Mankiewicz, seeing Holm’s pleasure at Davis’ anger, requested to do it again. She did. 

 For the role of Margo Channing, Joseph L. Mankiewicz and Darryl F. Zannuck considered many stars including Tallulah Bankhead, Marlene Dietrich, Gertrude Lawrence, Susan Hayward, and Ingrid Bergman. Finally they cast Claudette Colbert in the role, but, before production began she fell and hurt her back. She was recast with Bette Davis shortly thereafter. 

 All About Eve was based on a short story, “The Wisdom of Eve” by Mary Orr that had appeared in Cosmopolitan in May of 1946. The story had been inspired by an anecdote told by Elisabeth Bergner. While performing in The Two Mrs. Carrolls on Broadway in 1943/44, Bergner met an anxious fan whom she later hired as her assistant. She soon found out that the loving fan was undermining her the entire time. She referred to the fan only as “the terrible girl”. Of course the character of “the terrible girl” was made more sinister in the story, and does achieve her goal of stealing the actress’ career. Joesph L. Mankiewicz had been writing a screenplay about an aging actress, and upon reading the short story decided to combine the two ideas. He immediately sent word to Darryl F. Zannuck, and soon sent a screenplay titled Best Performance. 

10 months ago on 15 June 2013 @ 3:55pm
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What is the name of the movie where the Father of several girls names each room in the house different city names where he either visited or wished to visit?

 I’m sorry, I can’t think of a film like that (at least that I’ve seen). Maybe some of my followers can help? If anyone can help the anon, just send me an ask with the name of the film! Thanks! :)

10 months ago on 12 June 2013 @ 8:29pm
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The Flickering Film Review!

 Here is a new blog I am currently working on. I consider it to be sort of a sister-blog to this classic movie trivia blog. I have reviewed two films so far, but will certainly post more in the near future! So if any of you would like to follow my new blog that would be great! 

11 months ago on 24 April 2013 @ 10:14pm + 9 notes
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 In 1972, Up the Sandbox was previewed. Streisand was nervous, there were things she knew would need to be changed, and she was unsure of how an audience would react. They were confused as to what scenes were reality and what was fantasy. The film was edited so that fantasies were introduced to the audience using the score. Still, the film was a flop. Despite most audiences dislike of the film, Streisand still claims this is one of her favorite films. 

 When it came time to film the African fantasy sequence for the film, Streisand became worried. She asked director, Irvin Kershner where they would shoot it. He replied that they had planned to shoot it at the MGM studios where they had a nice jungle set. Streisand expressed concern that it wouldn’t be realistic enough, and asked if they could go to Africa to shoot the scene so that it would be more realistic. “The next thing I knew,” remembers Kershner, “a few days later, we’re going to Africa.”