Just finished Burden of Dreams about the making of Fitzcarraldo and it was pretty damn good. Amazing that hey actually hired prostitutes to be on the set. It was up there with Hearts of Darkness.
Anyone have any other Making-Of docs to recommend? (Overnight was a fun lil’ doc!)
Ingmar Bergman Makes A Movie (1962, Vilgot Sjoman), documentary about the making of Winter Light.
I’m going to recommend American Movie for the umpteenth time. You can watch it here for free. It follows an aspiring director attempting to finish a short film that has been in limbo for five years. It’s all true and all hilarious.
There’s a film called Baadass that Mario Van Peebles made that is about his father’s making of Sweet Sweetback Baaddass Song. It’s not really a documentary, but more of a docudrama, but it is based on fact. The original film, I believe, was one of the most successful films of that year and I think the first Blaxploitation film. It shows how Melvin Van Peebles learned how to make his movie cheaply and how he dealt in getting his film made, the examples of which I don’t want to give away, in case you were to watch it. I also agre that American Movie is great too. The guy in that film is, to me, not really talented, but has a lot of passion and persistence in making a film.
The Hampster Factor and Other Tales of the 12 MonkeysLost in La Mancha
Making The Shining, by Stanley’s daughter, Vivian, is the best making-of docu I’ve ever seen.
It’s only a matter of time before someone says Hearts of Darkness.
like the TC?
AUDIENCE OF ONE falls somewhere in between AMERICAN MOVIE and JESUS CAMP and the tenacity and delusion of the documentary’s “protagonist” repeatedly made my jaw drop. GIve it a look.