Best Movies by Farr: Penned & Produced by Arthur Freed

May 10, 2010 | John Farr

Three films from legendary lyricist and producer Arthur Freed. Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) WHAT IT'S ABOUT: It's 1903, and the World's Fair is coming to St. Louis, causing great excitement for the Smiths and their four young daughters. Then, Mr. Smith is offered a position in New York City, causing some ...


A Scouting Life: An Ugly Silence

May 4, 2010 | Sam Hutchins

The journey was taking its toll on all of us, but it was perhaps wearing hardest on Stephane. Kar Wai very consciously sets his jobs up as cults of personality. In his quiet way he knows his best interests are served when people are jockeying for his attention ...


Best Movies by Farr: More Ingrid

May 3, 2010 | John Farr

John Farr can't get enough Ingrid Bergman. Intermezzo (1939) WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Renowned, married violinist Holger Brandt (Leslie Howard) returns from concert tour, and meets Anita Hoffman, his daughter's piano teacher (played by Bergman in her first English-speaking role). He first takes a professional interest in her, which soon becomes more personal. With ...


A Scouting Life: Guided by the Sphinx

April 29, 2010 | Sam Hutchins

We made it off the mountain with much tension but no further incident. A quick inspection showed that we were indeed low on all fluids. I was feeling particularly prickly as I topped everything off. We all were. “You know, I think Ely is right,” Kar Wai announced. “Really, you ...


A Scouting Life: Something Burning

April 27, 2010 | Sam Hutchins

We picked up Rte 431 south of Reno and headed towards Lake Tahoe. Usually by midday I had some clue as to where we were heading. This time it wasn’t about where we were going, it was about what we were leaving behind. Reno was full of ...


Best Movies by Farr: Parade Movies

April 26, 2010 | John Farr

John Farr joins the parade. The Music Man (1962) WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Traveling charlatan "Professor" Harold Hill convinces the citizens of River City, Iowa, that they should have a marching band to help guard youth against moral corruption. Charming the socks off everyone, including the mayor's wife (Hermione Gingold), with his plan to ...


A Scouting Life: Establishing Shots

April 22, 2010 | Sam Hutchins

Reno seemed promising at first. We got an early jump and began making our way into town. It had a good approach. I cannot emphasize enough how important this is when scouting with a director. When watching a film, you will notice what is called an ...


Best Movies by Farr: Neglected Bogart

April 19, 2010 | John Farr

Three of the great Humphrey Bogart's lesser-known films. High Sierra (1941) WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Weary, aging gangster Roy "Mad Dog" Earle (Humphrey Bogart) is enlisted in a hotel-robbery scheme after mobster friend Big Mac (Donald MacBride) springs him from prison. On his way to a rendezvous point, he meets and falls for club-footed ...


A Scouting Life: Overtime

April 13, 2010 | Sam Hutchins

One gets accustomed to working long hours when making a film. Your average shooting day is between 12-14 hours, although they can easily go as long as 18 hours or more. You have no control over it, everyone stays until the day’s work is done. That’s just ...


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