RARA-AVIS: Re: Jack Palance, RIP

From: JIM DOHERTY ( jimdohertyjr@yahoo.com)
Date: 16 Nov 2006


Re your comment below:

"While narratively inexplicable, even ridiculous, it
[setting Mitchum's version of THE BIG SLEEP in London] is easily understood by film business standards -- didn't the financing come from England, with the proviso that it be made there? Money vs. Art, wonder which one Hollywood's going to go with?"

If the financing, etc., came from England, you can hardly blame Hollywood, but I infer that, by
"Hollywood," you mean the film business in general.

Nevertheless, while you're point is well-taken, it's one thing to shoot a movie in England, and quite something else to SET it in England.

IIRC, the PHILIP MARLOWE - PRIVATE EYE TV series that ran on HBO in the early '80's (which I quite liked despite Powers Boothe's ill-fitting fedora), was at least partly filmed in England, but it was still set in Southern California.

And, by the same token, movies like the Ingrid Bergman version of GASLIGHT, and, just to keep things ever-so-slightly on the thread's topic, the Jack Palance version of THE LODGER (was it called THE MAN IN THE ATTIC?) were filmed in Hollywood, but set in London.

They've got big honking film studios in London, and a good chunk of the film takes place indoors. How hard would it have been to set the film in Los Angeles, wherever it was actually set?


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