June 28, 2015

When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.
Samual Johnson

"The only friend I had was Snowden and I didn't know him"
— Yossarian (Alan Arkin), Catch-22 (1970)

A new untruth is better than an old truth.
Oliver Wendell Holmes

Heaven's Gate (1980) (part 4 of 13)
  • At one point during filming, Michael Cimino decided that the spacing of the buildings on one of the sets didn't look right, despite it having been built to his exact specifications. He ordered both sides of the street razed and rebuilt, at a cost of $1.2 million over the objections of his crew, who reasoned that it would be easier and cheaper to knock down one side of the street and rebuild it twice as far away.
  • The actors all had to participate in what they derisively called "Camp Cimino" (after director Michael Cimino) every morning during filming to prepare for the film. It included a series of riding lessons, shooting lessons, wagon driving, dance instruction, rollerskating lessons and dialect coaching. In addition, Kris Kristofferson also had to take whip lessons, and Isabelle Huppert had to take English lessons, as she barely spoke the language at the time.
  • Many of the scenes in the film were shot at "Magic Time" which is the brief period of time, around five minutes, between sunset and nightfall, where unique blue tints in the camera image can be achieved. The brevity of "Magic Time" shooting on the film usually allowed only a maximum of three takes before the production would lose the light.
  • The work-print, the first edit of the film that includes all the footage shot, was 5 hours and 25 minutes long. This has created a rumor that a long-lost 5 and a half hour director's cut exists somewhere. It doesn't; every movie begins the editing process with a work-print, then gets edited down to the intended film. The 216 minute version is Cimino's definite director's cut of the film.

  • I am a part of all that I have seen.
    Alfred Lord Tennyson

  • Fur seals get miserably sick when they’re carried aboard ships.
  • A housefly will regurgitate its food and eat it again.
  • The original story from “Tales of 1001 Arabian Nights” begins, “Aladdin was a little Chinese boy.”
  • The only domestic animal not mentioned in the Bible is the cat.
  • Kuwait is about 60% male (highest in the world). Latvia is about 54% female (highest in the world).

  • Sergi and Sally where sitting in their family room one night. While Sergi was watching T.V his wife Sally was reading. All of a sudden the power went out and Sergi decided to go to bed, but Sally kept on reading. How did Sally kept on reading.

    When the window fell into the incinerator, it was a pane in the ash to retrieve.

    In law a man is guilty when he violates the rights of others. In ethics he is guilty if he only thinks of doing so.

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