REVIEW: SOMETHING'S GONNA LIVE
Some of the best known works in American cinema –North by Northwest, To Kill a Mockingbird and The Graduate – are the legacy of the last great generation of production designers, cinematographers and storyboard illustrators whose techniques, wisdom and philosophies constitute a “master class” for today’s filmmakers..
From Academy Award®-nominated director Daniel Raim (The Man on Lincoln’s Nose), SOMETHING’S GONNA LIVE is an intimate portrait of life, death, friendship and the movies, as recalled by some of Hollywood’s greatest cinema artists: renowned art directors Robert Boyle (North by Northwest, The Birds), Henry Bumstead (To Kill a Mockingbird, The Sting) and Albert Nozaki (The War of the Worlds, The Ten Commandments), storyboard illustrator Harold Michelson (The Graduate, Star Trek: The Motion Picture), master cinematographers Haskell Wexler (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Medium Cool) and Conrad Hall (In Cold Blood, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid). These prolific artists have worked on a total of 400 films, garnering 25 Academy Award® nominations and 8 wins..
The film’s title is drawn from a remark made by Haskell Wexler regarding the passing on of knowledge to future generations of filmmakers and filmgoers. 10 years in the making, SOMETHING’S GONNA LIVE is a moving and thought-provoking celebration of craftsmanship and humanity; a film that addresses fundamental issues that artists face in today’s film industry..
“These men, most of them in their mid-80s and early 90s when I met them, inspired me,” said Raim. “Robert Boyle continued teaching at the American Film Institute until he passed away at the age of 100. My challenge was to recount their legacy while at the same time avoiding a purely nostalgic look at the ‘good old days.’”.
From snapshots, sketches, and vintage footage interwoven with in-depth interviews and contemporary footage of these artists visiting former studios and locations, we get a behind-the-scenes look at movie making in the golden age of cinema. As iconic scenes of our collective imagination emerge from drawings, models, matte paintings, and sets, we hear tales of Mae West, “Hitch,” and DeMille, and experience their longing for the sense of community that made working on these films so great.
Dolby 2.0 and DTS Surround Sound
Oscar®-nominated Bonus Film, The Man on Lincoln’s
Excerpt from Robert Boyle’s AFI Master
Production Design Checklist and working with
Conversation between Conrad Hall and Robert
Life After Film
Haskell Wexler discuses Something's Gonna Live on
DVD-ROM content: PDF of Robert Boyle’s original Production Design Checklist
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