Saturday, 14 May 2016

Unusual Hollywood work choices.

You do what you do to make a buck in Hollywood, I suppose. Like everywhere else. Here's some contrasting job choices from directors and film composers:

  • Ted Kotcheff directed the disturbing "Wake In Fright".... but also "Weekend at Bernie's".
  • Another Canadian, Bob Clark, made the timeless "A Christmas Story" .... but also "Porky's".
  • John Huston made classics in the 40's and 50's .... but also the abysmal "Annie" and "Casino Royale" (early scenes).
  • Multi-talented Elaine May directed "A New Leaf" .... but also 80's turkey "Ishtar".
  • Hitchcock's amazing films span over 50 years .... but there's "Under Capricorn" (1949) and the two 60's spy duds "Torn Curtain" followed by "Topaz".
  • Charles Fox wrote the score for "Barbarella" (okay, it's a guilty pleasure) ... but also "The Love Boat" theme.
  • Steven Spielberg's go-to composer John Williams started his film career as "Johnny Williams" writing incidental music for the first season of "Gilligan's Island".
  • John Barry, early Bond musical scores, won an Oscars for "Born Free","Out of Africa"... also wrote a shampoo commercial for British television.

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