The best show about movies on television

Quentin Tarantino and John Travolta on the set of Pulp Fiction

Moving Pictures is a television series devoted to film that aired on BBC from 1991 to 1996. It was presented by Rock Follies screenwriter Howard Schuman. Each program was composed of several short films on different cinematic subjects. Although it never achieved high ratings, Moving Pictures was frequently used to teach film studies. Interviewed on the set of Pulp Fiction, Quentin Tarantino told John Travolta it was the best show about movies on television. UK TV—Cinemania has a nice selection of episodes available to download or watch.

 

 

 

 

“It took me four months to write CONAN. I had been hired to write the first draft. Paramount and Edward R. Pressman had told me to go ahead without restraining myself. I was expecting they would ask for a more digest, second draft. But I never had the chance to write it: Paramount cancelled the project. [To write the script,] I read each book, each comic book. Robert E. Howard was a strange bird from Texas. He wrote all these great stories, originally in pulp magazines. He had a great gift for this perverted mythos of darkness and death, raging and mad Wagnerian mentality. Howard came here and we discussed. I was working in the evening here, and he came to discuss with me. He said to me to deal just with what he was doing then, not to waste my time with what he had made before. It is however what many screenwriters have a tendency to do… [John Milius said that my script was a ‘feverish dream under acid’] but it is exactly what the film should have been! It is what arises from the work of Howard. He was a very strange man. He died very young. What Edgar Rice Burroughs had made a success of with Tarzan, Howard renewed with Conan, who is a kind of post-modern Tarzan, less noble but more mischievous. John [Milius] and I are now friends, but it is true that at the time the situation between us was very very tense.” —Oliver Stone

 
Conan the Barbarian (aka Conan), August 1, 1978 first draft by Oliver Stone [pdf]. (NOTE: For educational and research purposes only).

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