Movies 'Til Dawn Blog

CITY ISLAND: GET DOWN TONIGHT

By popular demand, here are Julianna Margulies and Steven Strait going at it in a car, parked in the Orchard Beach parking lot just outside of City Island. Something screws up halfway into the scene (seems like a sound problem) which breaks the so-called “mood” and causes Julianna to crack

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CITY ISLAND: THOUGHTS ON THE CODE (AND MAKE OUT SCENES)

Yes, dear readers, I’ve heard you loud and clear. The make out session is on its way. But first… I thought, while I had your attention, I’d attempt to interest a few of the newer readers of this modest blog who joined us once production commenced on “City Island” to

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CITY ISLAND: LONG NIGHTS JOURNEY INTO DAY

I’m back with a longish clip that I don’t believe has been posted before. This is the climax of the movie, a family argument played out at night in the middle of the street. The scene itself runs considerably longer than this clip, so no spoilers are possible. The page

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CITY ISLAND: FURTHER CONFUSION

Today’s thrilling clip provides a view of your writer-director friend Raymond De Felitta (yes, we are officially in the dregs of the clip bin) acting confused. I stand somewhere outside the prison (this was that unpleasant day) staring at absolutely nothing as my a.d. Eric calls for sound to roll

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CITY ISLAND: CONFUSION ON TENTH AVENUE

Here’s a clip shot late one night on 10th Avenue in New York’s “Hell’s Kitchen” district–so named for its past history as a slumenvironment but now home to numerous high rises, lofts, theaters, restaurants that won’t seat you, etc. In it, Andy Garcia and Emily Mortimer begin a scene and

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CITY ISLAND: BURNING FILM

Yes, it’s come to this. Clips of the crew wandering around the set. As I begin to run low with these precious clips, I have to find new ways to make even the least fascinating material relatively interesting. And so I come to the subject of burning film–those strange moments

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CITY ISLAND: MOVIE CRAZY

Sorry for the unexpected hiatus–I returned home to LA after sixteen weeks in New York this past weekend and found myself far more exhausted than I expected to be. The past four months of filmmaking have been essentially riding a wild bull–starting with our prep period in late May/early June,

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CITY ISLAND: THE DENISE THING

Forgive the shameless self-promotion (to say nothing of the unattractive need to point out positive things about myself), but click here to read an excellent review of my last film, a documentary soon to be released on DVD called “Tis Autumn; The Search For Jackie Paris”. The film is rolling out theatrically

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CITY ISLAND: BOXING WITH ANDY GARCIA AND STEVEN STRAIT

Today’s clip shows Andy and Steven working in the yard together and ends with an impromptu boxing match. Again, a nice bit of work that won’t find it’s way into the finished film, so I’m dumping it into the blogosphere. In a sense, this blog is becoming the film’s “trimbim”–a

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CITY ISLAND: TAKE A WALK WITH ANDY GARCIA

Here’s a take of a perfectly nice scene of Andy Garcia walking down the main drag of City Island, talking on his cell phone and then entering the famed City Island Diner. It appears unlikely to make it into the final version of the film so I decided to let

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Here's a hugely entertaining and informative conversation between Stephen Sondheim and Adam Guettel, shot in Sondheim's NYC townhouse. The final anecdote about Oscar Hammerstein could make a stone cry. #broadwayisback #musicaltheatre http://raymonddefelitta.org/?page_id=10

Another Filmex trailer, this one from 1971. The whole aura of Filmex and its place in LA film culture is, for me, wrapped up in the era of the USC crowd meeting the Beverly Hills retirees-Lang, Cukor, Hitchcock, Mamoulian etc. Pot smokers v. cigar smokers. http://raymonddefelitta.org/?page_id=10

Does anyone remember 'Filmex', LA's very own 1970s film festival? If not see the below trailer from the '72 fest. And if you do remember Filmex...watch it anyway. You'll feel all warm and cuddly. #FilmFestival #FilmTwitter #TCM http://raymonddefelitta.org/?page_id=10

@ReelRDEF discusses with Adell Aldrich, the first woman to direct a network movie of the week, the details of her work in this special-edition guest episode of XCU: The Viewfinder that you can listen to here: https://www.hangoverloungepodcasts.com/blog/movies-til-dawn-an-interview-with-adell-aldrich-by-raymond-de-felitta

#film #filmpioneer #audiodrama #moviestildawn

Take a drive along a remarkably spiffy Wilshire Blvd. on August 1st 1951. All will be explained when you go to my new blogpost below and enjoy a 10 minute respite from your day. #Hollywood #LosAngelesCL #academymuseum http://raymonddefelitta.org/blog/

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