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The Making of a Legend: Gone With the Wind

Produced by L Jeffrey Selznick.

Directed by David Hinton.

Photographed by Glenn Roland.

(MGM/UA Home Video)

David O. Selznick made many great movies, but only one legend. The pre-release publicity for Gone With the Wind caused such a sensation that even if it hadn't fulfilled expectations, it would have become a legend - but of a different kind.

The Making of a Legend, a documentary which chronicles the production and exhibition of the film, was written by David Thomson and is narrated by Christopher Plummer. The story is rich in detail, and accurate - many of those personally involved in the making of GWTW have contributed.

Past ASC president Harry Wolf, a camera assistant on the film, recalls the "burning of Atlanta," and Arthur Arling, ASC, who operated one of the 3-strip Technicolor cameras, describes the use of a borrowed construction crane to capture the famous shot of Scarlett passing through a sea of dead and wounded soldiers.

Glenn Roland's fine cinematography is mixed with archival material and scenes from the film. Roland's interviews and recreations blend well with the work of Lee Garmes, ASC, Ernest Halter. ASC, and Ray Rennahan, ASC, whose combined photographic skills helped to make GWTW a legend.

Talk Radio

Produced by Edward R. Pressman and A. Kitman Ho.

Directed by Oliver Stone.

Photographed by Robert Richardson.

(MCA Home Video)

Eric Bogosian's role as radio talk show host Barry Champlain fits him like a glove. It should - he wrote it first as a play with Tad Savinar, then as this movie with Oliver Stone.

Talk radio is a static subject: a man, a microphone, and a bunch of disembodied voices, but Talk Radio is a movie that moves. Robert Richardson's photography is sharp, colorful, and when rooms begin to spin, dazzling.

Marie Galante

Produced by Winfield Sheehan.

Directed by Henry King.

Photographed by John Seitz, ASC.

(J&J Video)

Intrigue and espionage at the Panama Canal. Spencer Tracy stars in this well-made programer from 1934. John Seitz, ASC has a soft spot for torch singer Helen Morgan and ingenue Ketti Gallian, who plays the title role. He manages to visually suggest a sexuality that tantalizes the viewer from between the plot lines. …

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