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March 2019
This Blog is offering a colorful kaleidoscope of movie magic for cinema aficionados.
Crispy peanuts, thin-skinned baloons and thrilling sensations on celluloid.
See offbeat goodies and magic crumbs ...weekly!
The Reality behind the Fantasy! - The Story behind the Spectacle!
No inflated endlessly long stories, but short and crisp. 
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Photos beat content!
Welcome to the manege of madness! - Have a pleasant trip!

The Swashbuckler flicks of Director André Hunebelle ('Fantomas') have almost all a special flair and style.
Opulently produced movies with great costumes, glorious locations and refreshingly easy stories.
'Le Miracle des Loups' is no exception and fits into a series of fine films.
André Hunebelle has his favorite stars by his side.
Actor Jean Marais, cinematographer Marcel Grignon and costume designer Mireille Leydet.
His three experienced Musketeers for the Swashbuckler genre.
Besides actor Jean Marais we get to see Roger Hanin and the beautiful Italian Star Rosanna Schiaffino in good roles.
Rosanna has a few nice moments and this odd, mysterious action scene in the snow with the pack of wolves.
Director André Hunebelle knows how to turn the existing production values of 'The Wonder of the Wolves' into a 
spectacle that aesthetically surpasses almost all cheap-looking Italian Swashbuckler films.
Lots of well done and stylish outdoor scenes.
The medieval fortress, known as the Cité de Carcassonne, is a fabulous filming location.
Not bad at all!
Stunt Coordinator Claude Carliez (1925–2015) staged some well done action scenes, knight tournaments, 
and lots of stunt work.
The French veteran was an expert for battle scenes and the resulting stunts, no matter in which genre.
He did movies like 'Charade', 'Fantomas', 'La grande vadrouille', 'Moonraker' and many French thriller films
like the great 'Peur sur la ville' with Jean-Paul Belmondo.
The Knight tournament set looks bigger than it actually was.
They only have a few tents and a small elevated and covered grandstand for the rulers and dignitaries.
The Set decoration & Costume design is pretty cool and with attention to details.
Cinematographer Marcel Grignon ('Un taxi pour Tobrouk') filmed some nice pictures here.
Behind the scenes of 'Le Miracle des Loups', 1961.
Rosanna Schiaffino on the not quite finished set for the knight tournament in her lavish costume.
You can see a few guys of the set construction crew in the background working on the set.
Screenshot of the Knight tournament set.
A big sandbox for the knights as a playground!
The movie has the heart on the right place and offers soothing old-fashioned entertainment. 
Nothing really thrilling, but perfect for a rainy Sunday afternoon.
Jean Marais (1913–1998) has a small scene reminiscent of his later hit 'Fantomas'.
A short Mexican Wrestler meets Fantomas show. A must see!
And Rosanna, well, she looks beautiful and graceful, that must be enough.
See more of Rosanna Schiaffino (1939–2009) here: The Victors.

Christine Kaufmann, the young wife of Tony Curtis, visited her husband during the filming of 'The Great Race'. 
The movie was wrongly advertised as Super Panavision 70 on the back of this press shot and other promotion material.
'The Great Race' was a Panavision 35mm (anamorphic) epic which was shown in selected cinemas as 70mm blow-up version. 
A 70mm release print from the 35mm negative.
The hilarious Blake Edwards motion picture is good rollicking fun, an 'Oldtimer Epic' for the whole family.
A great circus with slapstick elements! 
You will find several 'Great Race' stories hidden somewhere in the shallows of my poisonous blog.
Here is one about the Cars in 'The Great Race': The muscle car of Professor Fate!
And one on the mechanical effects work: Garage King Danny Lee!
Director Blake Edwards, best known for 'The Pink Panther' series, rehearsing a scene for 'The Great Race'.
He is sitting next to the Micro Giraffe boom wearing a white T-Shirt.
Straight after this epic adventure he shot a neat War movie comedy, 'What Did You Do in the War, Daddy?'.
I enjoyed these kind of family epics with Oldtimer cars much more than 'racetrack-flicks' like 'Grand Prix' or 'Le Mans'. 
The Oldtimers are so much cooler ...and smarter!
The British Director Ken Annkain also relied on classic cars for his funny ride 
'Those Daring Young Men in Their Jaunty Jalopies'.
In Europe better known as 'Monte Carlo or Bust!'.
After the great success of 'Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines' he tries the same formula on the road.
Which surely wasn't a bad idea!
If it works, it works!
Funny gags, a great cast and a smashing Ron Goodwin score - 'Monte Carlo or Bust!' is a Winner ...with a flat tire!
Never a problem, the groovy clown limps to the finish! Hooray!
The filming locations are pretty impressive, but you could never be sure, 
as they made excessive use of blown-up photo backings and other tricks.
Some good-looking outdoor shootings could actually have been created in the studio.
The whole production is not the brightest candle, but I receive some very good vibrations.
Definitely a movie for my little moon-city-garbage theatre.
Got some nice hardly known photos of the show.
Gert Fröbe looks for birthmarks on the thighs of Nicoletta Machiavelli.
Of course we are happy to help...
Coming soon on this channel:
Behind-the-Scenes of 'Monte Carlo or Bust!'.
Between two takes on a studio Set of 'Monte Carlo or Bust!'.
The light-hearted epic of Ken Annakin is available on blu-ray.
A fast and crazy stage show from the Golden Age of Epic movies!

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Producer-director George Pal and star Russ Tamblyn chat in front of the location trucks used in the 
MGM-Cinerama presentation of Pal's production, 'The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm'.
Tamblyn co-stars with Yvette Mimieux in the delightful 'The Dancing Princess' fairy tale from the film.
The labeling of the location trucks is bilingual, English-German, since the film was shot on location in Germany.
The biographical script, directed by Henry Levin, stars Laurence Harvey, Karlheinz Böhm, Claire Bloom and Walter Slezak 
with Barbara Eden, Oscar Homolka and Ian Wolfe co-starred.
The fairy tale sequences, directed by George Pal, star Yvette Mimieux and Russ Tamblyn in 'The Dancing Princess', 
Terry-Thomas and Buddy Hackett in 'The Singing Bone', and Laurence Harvey as the Cobbler in 
'The Cobbler and the Elves'.
The extremely charming epic was filmed in the elaborate 3-strip Cinerama (2.59:1).
Three specially captured 35mm images projected side-by-side into one composite widescreen image.
The DOP captured an enormous picture on three 35mm films (A-B-C) and 3 synchronised 35mm projectors are used to 
project the three images (A-B-C) simultaneously, producing an ultra-wide picture on a 146° curved screen.
The English DVD that I have clearly shows the difficulties of the 3-strip Cinerama.
First, the reflected light brightens the center of the image from the sides, and second, 
at the joints between the 3 pictures two vertical stripes became visible (A-B, B-C).
But even the poor DVD (many distortions) has this 3-strip Cinerama WOW effect!
Every small room looks gigantic, every view in a little street looks colossal.
The well-chosen camera positions reinforce that enormously.
Have never seen a full height 3-strip Cinerama film, but it surely must be a cool experience.
Even better than every standard projection in 70mm.
Ace Cameraman Paul Vogel gives star Laurence Harvey a look through a lens of the 
Cinerama camera on location at Rothenburg ob der Tauber (Germany).
One of the many outstanding locations of 'The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm'.
Director Henry Levin ('Genghis Khan') and cinematographer Paul Vogel filming a scene with the heavy 
Cinerama equipment, on location at the entrance to the Baroque garden of the Weikersheim Castle.
Laurence Harvey (1928–1973) and Karlheinz Böhm (1928–2014), as Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm, show us the 
three-axle baroque garden from the early 18th century.
In the background you can spot the Orangerie of the garden.
Comparison photo - The Baroque garden of the Weikersheim Castle.
On a day off from work before the camera, Yvette Mimieux, the enchanting 'Dancing Princess', 
goes on a sightseeing tour in Munich and ends up on a flea market.
She was thrilled about the variety of strange treasures.
For more information about the 70mm cinema, Todd-A0 and Cinerama, especially about all the interesting 
technical aspects, I recommend this illuminating website:
www.in70mm.com

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