New PDF release: Behind The Phantom's Mask

By Roger Ebert

ISBN-10: 0836280210

ISBN-13: 9780836280210

Modeled at the paintings of Victorian novelist Wilkie Collins, this serial cliffhanger follows Mason Devereaux, a once-great, hard-drinking British actor, who turns into fascinated by the case of an on-stage homicide. unique.

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Once upon a time in America—in late October 1984 to be precise—Orion Pictures dumped onto the market a little science-fiction thriller. Two weeks, the marketing whizzes obviously figured, then Dune, 2010, and all the other big-deal Christmas movies would stomp Arnold Schwarzenegger and his nobody costars to steel splinters. No big deal. The Terminator, however, proved to be a very large deal. 5 million picture about a killer cyborg (Schwarzenegger in the role of his career) sent back from the future to contemporary Los Angeles to assassinate the woman who would someday bear the savior of her race.

There’s the constant wisecracking, defying authority, complaining about the job with military characters. But, hopefully, audiences will respond, because if they’re not sympathetic with the characters, they can’t be scared. And the quickest way to make them sympathetic is by being funny. Then, there’s the camaraderie between the people who put their lives on the line every day, which also interests me. Couple that with near-super weaponry, and you’ve got science fiction in the grand tradition—future war.

She’s definitely the one for seeing the psychodynamics of leadership. “But let’s face it, at New World (other veterans of Corman wars include Jack Nicholson, Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, Peter Bogdanovich, and John Sayles), it was put up or shut up, sink or swim the first day. The other thing was there were no rigid preconceptions about what you should be doing (like making spaceship walls from fast-food Styrofoam trays—one of Cameron’s innovations). You could do pretty much whatever you could convince other people you could do.

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