Friday, August 14, 2009

The new Cinema Retro


Cinema Retro is one of my favorite magazines. Each issue seems to be better than the last. No easy task. The new issue is special in every sense. This time the entire issue is devoted to a single movie, Where Eagles Dare. I've never seen every angle of a motion picture production covered in such readable juicy depth.

But why listen to me when the editors say it so much better:

"We’ve decided that our inaugural special edition will be dedicated to a film that is among the most requested by readers in terms of wanting extensive coverage. If you’re a fan of films of the 1960s, you don’t need to be told that MGM’s Where Eagles Dare is one of the most enjoyable movies of that glorious era. Starring Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood, this was a big budget, slam-bang action adventure – the very first time that novelist Alistair MacLean had written a thriller directly for the screen. Part spy film, part war movie, Where Eagles Dare was just one of a number of outstanding movies that made the year 1969 one of the best in the history of the industry.

"Over twenty writers and film historians have collaborated to bring you, what we believe, is the most definitive story behind the making of this blockbuster movie. Apart from the wealth of rare behind the scenes photographs – many taken by cast and crew during filming on location and at the studio – we have gathered stories and quotes from people like director Brian G. Hutton, producer Elliott Kastner, stuntmen Joe Powell, Alf Joint and Bill Sawyer, second unit director Yakima Canutt and his assistant director Anthony Waye (now a producer on the James Bond films), art director Peter Mullins – and many more. Illustrated with film poster artwork from around the world, call sheets, flyers, merchandise, tickets and story board and script pages, this is one tribute to a film you will not want to miss!"


Brian Drake said...

Wow. Just wow. Will have to get this issue. "Where Eagles Dare" is a tradition of sorts for a friend of mine and I. Every year or so, at least every other year, we plug it into the machine and watch the carnage. Has there ever been more ammunition spent on screen than in "Where Eagles Dare"?

Also, Ed, I thought you might be interested in my own blog, which focuses on hardboiled literature.

Christopher said...

Thanks for the tip.

Max Allan Collins said...

Great magazine. One of the dwindling few I really look forward to -- you just can't hold a blog in your hands....

Anonymous said...

I can't believe this is the same film I recently caught on TCM> It's the old "Ice Station Zebra" motiff with Nazis who can't shoot straight and Burton at his most insufferable. I really like Cinema Retro, but, please "where's Eagles Dare" is a turkey. Tjis was also before Clint Eastwood decided to make acting one his pursuits.
John Catt