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By Maginot, Mike | American Cinematographer, November 1987 | Go to article overview

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Maginot, Mike, American Cinematographer


Marlene

Produced by Karel Dirks and Zev Braun.

Directed by Maximillian Schell.

Maximilian Schell's portrait of film legend Marlene Dietrich has her more enigmatic than ever.

Complicated by Dietrich's desire not to be photographed, Schell photographed himself and his crew researching the film and contrived images to comment on Dietrich's words.

Clips from films, newsreels, concerts and other interviews are combined with the contrived sequences, making it difficult to determine fact from fiction. Dietrich complicates matters further by contradicting herself and telling what seem to be outright lies.

This is a strange and wonderful film which you may want to watch again and again. It could be used to define the word mystique.

Nice Girls Don't Explode

Produced by Douglas Curtiz and John Wells.

Directed by Chuck Martinez.

Photographed by Steven Katz.

Barbara Harris stars as a possessive mother determined to keep her daughter away from men. Harris' pyrotechnic displays have Michelle Meyrink believing she's a "fire girl" who needs to take a fire extinquisher with her on dates.

Included on the video with Nice Girls Don't Explode is Snacks, a short film written and directed by Chuck Martinez and Paul Harris, which was photographed by Steven Ramsay.

Snack starts out looking like a "come to the candy counter" trailer, but ends up as the perfect dietary supplement to the parody of Nice Girls.

Mona Lisa

Produced by Patrick Cassavetti and Stephen Woolley.

Directed by Neil Jordon. …

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