A Year at the Movies: One Man's Filmgoing Odyssey by Kevin Murphy

By Kevin Murphy

For a few of us, moviegoing is an occasional excitement. Kevin Murphy made it his obsession, and he did it for you.

Mr. Murphy, identified to legions of fanatics as Tom Servo at the mythical television sequence Mystery technology Theater 3000, went to the flicks on a daily basis for a 12 months. That's every unmarried day, humans. For a whole fricken' year. and never basically did he undergo, he prevailed -- for this can be the hilarious, poignant, interesting magazine of his adventures: the 1st ebook concerning the video clips from the audience's aspect of view.

Kevin went to the multiplex, certain. yet he didn't cease there. He came upon the world's smallest advertisement movie show. one other one made thoroughly of ice. looked at flicks in a tin-roofed hut within the South Pacific. Tooled around the desolate tract from drive-in to drive-in in a fab convertible. Lived for every week completely on theater nutrients. Took six assorted ladies to an identical date motion picture. Dressed up as a nun for the Sing-Along Sound of Music in London. Sneaked into the Cannes and Sundance movie gala's. Smuggled a complete Thanksgiving dinner right into a movie show. And observed hundreds and hundreds of flicks, from the Arctic Circle to the Equator, from the elegant to the unspeakable. Come alongside on a joyous worldwide party of the cinema with a guy on a undertaking -- to spend A yr on the Movies.

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Tonight, I want you to watch me very closely. Do not take your eyes off mine, even for an instant. And remember … there is nothing in your mind, nothing in your heart, nothing in your soul, but Svengali … Svengali … Svengali…. He exits, looking back at her with a heartbreaking smile. The company fervently applauds. m. Wednesday, February 18, Thursday, February 19, and Friday, February 20: Barrymore, Marsh, Fletcher and Alberni report to Stage 8 for Svengali’s finale, taking place on the wonderfully smoky and sinister Sphinx Café set.

A chronic alcoholic since age 14, he’s never fully abstinent, and there are the Prohibition nights and mornings when, with no liquor available, he drinks Dolores’ perfume. ” The actor who’d played Hamlet as (in his own words) “a ranting, pious pervert” and had reveled on screen as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. –First National Studio, under the mountains in Burbank. This new vehicle provides Barrymore virtually all he could desire—a makeup à la Lucifer, Expressionistic sets, and a juicy death scene. It will also feature a dash of opera, burlesque-style humor, a glimpse of the derriere of the leading lady’s double, a suicide, a black cat, a bevy of starlets as Morocco dancing girls, dazzling special effects, and even a dash of foot fetishism.

With the men, he usually buzzes their hands. The ladies usually feel the buzzer’s full impact in other areas. “Script Unfinished” reads the first day’s Daily Production and Progress Report. J. Grubb Alexander, who’d scripted Universal’s The Man Who Laughs (1928) as well as Barrymore’s General Crack and Moby Dick, is providing the scenario pieces at a time; by Wednesday, it’s still only about 65 percent finished. Barrymore is on time for the 8:30 call, having arrived at dawn for his two-hour Svengali makeup, as applied by Johnny Wallace.

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