rizko how similar is your script to Rosi's Salvatore Giuliano. I've seen that movie and was wondering how similar the plot of that is to The Sicilian (which I've never read).
I've never seen the movie. The Sicilian is fictionalized though, it takes a lot of real life events surrounding Giuliano and then basically puts it in context in The Godfather universe.
Like the book says Giuliano family emigrated to America and then ended up working for Vito Corleone, which is how his father was able to contact Vito and ask for his help in saving Giuliano and allowing him to escape to America.
So basically a lot RL events will be the same, but the driving forces behind them will be based on Mario Puzo's writing.
Vito is only in for the last 5 mins (he's only in the last chapter and it's only about 5 pages), Croce has a lot more screen time, but Croce isn't quite as iconic and his dialogue isn't as important as Vito's. Vito basically gives Micheal his first lesson as a mafia boss on how to survive. Though on the other hand the movie, while part of the Godfather universe, isn't quite a sequel/prequel movie so if one were to separate the movie from both Godfathers then Vito's speech loses some of it's importance.
That's kind of like the character that Welles plays in The Third Man. He's not in the movie for very long, his character is more iconic than others with more screen time, his dialogue is more important, and he gives a great speech in the movie.
Okay, I'm happy enough with my team, so he's my write up. I figured most of the info on my picks is already in the thread. So I've just done breif summaries and where they slot into the film.
Broken into 3 parts... Script, Crew and Cast.
Neuromancer by William Gibson (Adapted by Stanley Kubrick)
The book centers on Case, a former computer hacker who makes his living by breaking into security systems. Before the start of the novel, Case was caught stealing from his employers and was punished by being rendered physically unable to connect to worldwide computer net – an ability vital to his work.
At the start of the novel Case is a wreck. He welcomes suicidal thoughts, and works for blue collar criminals, entering into deals that can only go bad. Willing to do anything for the chance to return to his previous status, he turns to a mysterious figure named Armitage, and by so doing begins a journey out of the gutters of 21st century Tokyo and into an ever-expanding world of multinational intrigue. Armitage pays off Case's debts, repairs his neural damage, and places him under the protection of Molly, a professional killer. As Case progresses through his assignments with Molly and a range of others enlisted by Armitage (Such as the illusionist Riviera), he becomes aware of larger forces working to control his activities. Ultimately Case discovers the operation he is involved in is headed by an advanced artificial intelligence named Wintermute, who is trying to merge with its brother AI Neuromancer. Neuromancer has been resisting the efforts of Wintermute, wanting to remain its own unique being.
Both Wintermute and Neuromancer’s influence is felt throughout the novel as surreal, almost supernatural forces, though they are not actually revealed till the closing chapters. (Their mysterious nature and rivalry reminded me of Jacob and the Man in Black from LOST.)
Fun Fact: Lange worked for the US military illustrating manuals for fighter-pilots and worked for NASA with the legendary Wernher von Braun designing space-ships.
2001: A Space Odyssey
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
James Bond: Moonraker
Richard Taylor – Art Director
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
A Place in the Sun
From Here to Eternity
Judgment at Nuremberg
Case: A formerly succesful white-collar criminal, who has spiralled down into a drug addict dead-beat. In Neuromancer he becomes a pawn working for Armitage in the story's main events and conspiracy.
Robert Duvall – as Armitage
The Great Santini
Armitage: The leader of the mysterious operation, a charismatic though quiet ex-military man. Towards the end of the novel he suffers from Vietnam-type flashbacks triggered by Wintermute.
Julianne Moore – as Molly Millions
The Big Lebowski
A Single Man
Molly: A complex gal. She serves as the cat-burglar of the group, actually physically breaking into the compound while Case hacks the security. She has a callous, sarcastic and fatalistic attitude that hides her deep psychological scars. She becomes Case's lover. It is implied she only joined the group because she wishes to die.
Johnny Depp – as Peter Riviera
Pirates of the Caribbean
Riviera: A charming but slimy, drug addict and possibly sociopathic thief. He used to be an artist who uses holograms to create 3D lifelike images. He uses these skills to aid the operation. He possesses a perverted obsession with Molly. Towards the end of the novel he betrays the group.
Bob Hoskins – as Finn
The Long Good Friday
Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Enemy at the Gates
Mrs Henderson Presents
Finn: A cockney blue collar criminal who fences stolen goods for Molly.
**Spoiler alert: don't read the characters' descriptions if you intend to read the novel**
1988 Academy Award for Best Director
1988 Academy Award for Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
directs a Jasi production
Costume Design - the creator of Blade Runner, Gladiator, Alien, Robin Hood: Ridley Scott
Photography - Vittorio Storaro (3 times Academy Award winner, one with Bertolucci)
Music - Vangelis (1982 Academy Award winner for Chariots of Fire)
Fëdor Dostoevskij's The Brothers Karamazov
Gerard Depardieu as Fyodor Karamazov
The father, Fyodor Pavlovich, is a 55-year-old "sponger" and buffoon who had sired three sons during the course of his two marriages. He is also rumored to have fathered an illegitimate son whom he employed as his servant. Fyodor took no interest in any of his sons. As a result, they were all raised apart from each other and their father. The murder of Fyodor and the ensuing implication of his oldest son provides much of the plot in the movie.
Sean Penn as Dmitri Karamazov
Dmitri is Fyodor's eldest son and the only offspring of his first marriage. Dmitri is a sensualist much like his father, and the two men's personalities often clash. Dmitri spends large amounts of money on debauchery-filled nights with plenty of champagne, women, and whatever entertainment and stimulation money can buy, soon exhausting any source of cash he comes across. This leads to further conflict with his father, who he believes is withholding his rightful inheritance, and his lack of money will cast suspicion upon him in the murder investigation. He finally comes to the brink of murdering his father when they begin fighting over the same woman, Grushenka. He is close to Alyosha, referring to him as his "cherub".
John Malkovic as Ivan Karamazov
Ivan is the middle son and first by Fyodor's second marriage. He is a fervent rationalist, disturbed especially by the apparently senseless suffering in the world, depicted as intelligent to the point of giftedness. As he says to Alyosha, "It's not God that I don't accept, Alyosha, only I most respectfully return him the ticket."
From an early age, Ivan is sullen and isolated from everyone around him. He carries a hatred for his father that is not openly expressed but which leads to his own moral guilt over Fyodor's murder and contributes to his later mental illness. His father tells Alyosha that he feared Ivan more than Dmitri. Some of the most memorable and acclaimed passages of the novel (and of the movie) involve Ivan, his "poem" "The Grand Inquisitor", and his nightmare of the devil.
After the murder of Fyodor Pavlovich, Ivan becomes convinced, partly due to the influence of Smerdyakov, that he was responsible for his father's death. By the end of the book, Ivan has become mentally unstable.
Jude Law as Alyosha Karamazov
Aleksey is the youngest of the Karamazov brothers. At the outset of the events chronicled in the story he is a novice in the local monastery. In this way Alyosha's beliefs act as a counterbalance to his brother Ivan's atheism. He is sent out into the world by his Elder and subsequently becomes embroiled in the sordid details of his family's dysfunction. Alyosha's place in the novel is usually that of a messenger or witness to the actions of his brothers and others. He is very close to Dmitri.
Tim Roth as Pavel Smerdyakov
Smerdyakov was born of "Stinking Lizaveta", a mute woman of the street. He is widely rumored to be the illegitimate son of Fyodor Karamazov. When the novel begins, Smerdyakov is Fyodor's lackey and cook. He is morose, sullen, and epileptic. As a child he would collect stray cats so he could hang and later bury them. Smerdyakov is aloof with most people but holds a special admiration for Ivan and shares his atheistic ideology. He later confesses to Ivan that he, and not Dmitri, was the murderer of Fyodor and claims to have acted with Ivan's blessing. However, Dmitri's defense attorney pointed out that in speaking with Smerdyakov, he found him to be "falsely naive" and able to tell people what they want to hear in order to subtly foist ideas on them.
Faye Dunaway as Grushenka Svetlova
Grushenka is the local Jezebel and has an uncanny charm among men. She inspires complete admiration and lust in both Fyodor and Dmitri Karamazov. Their rivalry for her affection is one of the most damaging circumstances that leads to Dmitri's conviction for his father's murder. She seeks to torment and then deride both Dmitri and Fyodor as a wicked amusement, a way to inflict upon others the pain she has felt at the hands of her ‘former and indisputable one’. However, after she begins a friendship with Alyosha, and as the book progresses, she begins to tread a path of spiritual redemption through which emerges hidden qualities of gentleness and generosity, though her fiery temper and pride are still within her.
Ian McKellen as Father Zosima
Father Zosìma is an Elder and more importantly starets in the town monastery and Alyosha's teacher. He is something of a celebrity among the townspeople for his reputed prophetic and healing abilities. His popularity inspires both admiration and jealousy amidst his fellow monks. Zosima provides a refutation to Ivan's atheistic arguments and helps to explain Alyosha’s character, incarnating the main voice of wisdom of the story.
There are seven brothers and sisters who have been since the beginning of time, the Endless.
They are Destiny, Death, Dream, Desire, Despair, Delirium who was once Delight, and Destruction who turned his back on his duties.
Their names describe their function and the realms that they are in charge of. Several years ago, a coven of wizards attempted to end death by taking Death captive, but captured Dream instead. When he finally escapes he must face the changes that have gone on in his realm, and the changes in himself.
Preludes and Nocturnes begins the series. In it, Dream (Brando), escapes his prison. He must go on a quest to find the tools of his office: his helm, pouch and ruby. The journey will take him - and us - through the gates of hell itself. It will also teach Dream an important lesson about relying on tools, and introduce us to the other star of the series, Death (Jolie).
In 1916, Dream is captured and encased in a glass globe in a failed attempt by a fictional Edwardian magician named Roderick Burgess to bind Death and attain immortality.
Dream bides his time for decades until Burgess dies. Afterwards, his son Alexander (Newman) becomes Dream’s new captor. Finally, in 1988, Alex inadvertently weakens the containment spell when the wheel of his wheelchair crosses over the circle drawn around Dream allowing him to reach into the dreams of his guards who fall asleep in his presence, allowing Dream to use the sand from their dream to his benefit.
When the guards awake and break the seal Dream was in, he is then able to escape. Dream punishes Alex by cursing him to experience an unending series of nightmares. Dream weakened after his captivity, is forced to make the journey to his realm via the dreamscape.
Adapted by the Coen Brothers (also Co-Editors & Co-Cinematographers)
"They often alternate top billing for their screenplays while sharing film credits for editor under the alias Roderick Jaynes. They are known in the film business as "the two-headed director", as they share a similar vision of their films. It is said that actors can approach either brother with a question and get the same answer."
Visually, the Coens favor moving camera shots, especially tracking shots and crane shots. Their films are also distinguished by cinematic visual flourishes that mark turning points. Scenes that emphasize perspective or the interplay of shadow and light adorn many of the films: the rack of bowling shoes in the "Gutterballs" scene from The Big Lebowski, the boardroom table and the Hudsucker building in The Hudsucker Proxy, the night scene with "Wheezy Joe" in Intolerable Cruelty and the midnight chase scene in Fargo are a few examples.
Aside from their movie influences, many of the Coen Brothers films are written with the flavorings of specific works of crime fiction; they feel like stories that could have been written by their respective authors. Their first film Blood Simple, for example, with its themes of grisly violence and degenerate characters who are constantly betraying each other, feels much like that of a Jim Thompson novel—After Dark, My Sweet immediately comes to mind.
Oscar winners for Best Original Screenplay (Fargo) and Best Adapted Screenplay (No Country For Old Men), the Coen brothers are known for the dialogue in their films. Sometimes laconic (The Man Who Wasn't There; Fargo; No Country for Old Men), sometimes unusually loquacious (The Big Lebowski, The Hudsucker Proxy), their scripts typically feature a combination of dry wit, exaggerated language, and glaring irony.
Dreams figure prominently and frequently into the work of the Coen brothers. The function of the dream sequences in the Coen Brothers' films is oftentimes to foreshadow the progression of the plot, to reflect on what has already occurred during the film and, above all else, to reveal the fears, motivations and introspections of its characters.
Directed by James Cameron
* Escape from New York
* Point Break (producer)
* The Terminator
* The Abyss
* True Lies
* Dark Angel (co-created & executive produced)
* Documentaries (e.g., Ghosts of the Abyss, Volcanoes of the Deep Sea)
In the time between making Titanic and his return to feature films with Avatar, Cameron spent several years creating many documentary films (specifically underwater documentaries), and also co-developed the digital 3-D Fusion Camera System. Described by a biographer as part-scientist and part-artist, Cameron has also contributed to underwater filming and remote vehicle technologies.
In total, Cameron's directorial efforts have grossed approximately US$2 billion in North America and US$6 billion worldwide. Without adjusting for inflation, Cameron's Titanic and Avatar are the two highest-grossing films of all time at $1.8 billion and $2.7 billion respectively.
Thomas Newman - Score Composer
"Composer and conductor, best known for his many film scores. He is one of the most respected and recognised composers for film and has scored over fifty feature films in a career which spans nearly three decades.
* The Lost Boyz
* The Player
* Scent of a Woman
* Little Women
* The Shawshank Redemption
* The War
* Unstrung Heroes
* Meet Joe Black
* American Beauty
* The Green Mile
* Erin Brockovich
* In The Bedroom
* Road To Perdition
* Finding Nemo
* Lemony Snicket's
* Cinderella Man
* Revolutionary Road
Colleen Atwood - Costume Designer
"Atwood has been nominated for an Academy Award numerous times and won Academy Awards for the movies Chicago & Memoirs of a Geisha. Atwood has collaborated several times with directors Tim Burton and Jonathan Demme.
Atwood has been partially involved in developing or has been the lead designer for producing the costumes on over 50 films to date.
* Firstborn (1984)
* Bring on the Night (1985)
* Manhunter (1986)
* Critical Condition (1987)
* The Pick-up Artist (1987)
* Someone to Watch Over Me (1987)
* For Keeps (1988)
* Married to the Mob (1988)
* Fresh Horses (1988)
* Torch Song Trilogy (1988)
* Hider in the House (1989)
* The Handmaid's Tale (1990)
* Joe Versus the Volcano (1990)
* Edward Scissorhands (1990)
* The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
* Rush (1991)
* Lorenzo's Oil (1992)
* Born Yesterday (1993)
* Philadelphia (1993)
* Cabin Boy (1994)
* Wyatt Earp (1994)
* Ed Wood (1994)
* Little Women (1994)
* The Grotesque (1995)
* The Juror (1996)
* That Thing You Do! (1996)
* Head Above Water (1996)
* Mars Attacks! (1996)
* Buddy (1997)
* Gattaca (1997)
* Fallen (1998)
* Beloved (1998)
* Mumford (1998)
* Sleepy Hollow (1999)
* Golden Dreams (2001)
* The Mexican (2001)
* Planet of the Apes (2001)
* CinéMagique (2002)
* Chicago (2002)
* Big Fish (2003)
* Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)
* Memoirs of a Geisha (2005)
* Mission: Impossible III (2006)
* Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)
* Public Enemies (2009)
* Nine (2009)
* Alice in Wonderland (2010)
* The Rum Diary (2010)
* The Tourist (2011)
"An out of work pulp fiction novelist, Holly Martins, arrives in a post war Vienna divided into sectors by the victorious allies, and where a shortage of supplies has lead to a flourishing black market. He arrives at the invitation of an ex-school friend, Harry Lime, who has offered him a job, only to discover that Lime has recently died in a peculiar traffic accident. From talking to Lime's friends and associates Martins soon notices that some of the stories are inconsistent, and determines to discover what really happened to Harry Lime."
*It's a Hitchcockian-type movie, so he should no problems adapting it to suit his needs (he doesn't get his blonde lead, but he won't mind Hepburn)
North by Northwest
Charlie Chaplin:Writer, Editor and Score Composer
*He along with Hitchcock will make changes to Graham Greene's original screenplay where they see fit
The Gold Rush
The Great Dictator
*He's collaborated with Hitch on 12 of his films, and I wasn't sure if I was going to stay B&W or try color so he would have been fine either way: "known for being proficient in virtually every genre and equally at home with black-and-white or color" (I think I'm going to stick with B&W)
North by Northwest
Strangers on a Train
Vincent Korda:Production Designer
*He worked on the original movie, so he'll be able to give input about it
The Third Man
The Longest Day
The Thief of Bagdad
To Be or Not to Be
That Hamilton Woman
Hermann Warm:Art Director and Set Designer
*He'll add his German Expressionism influence to the movie
The Passion of Joan of Arc
The Cabinet of Dr Caligari
Edith Head:Costume Designer
*She worked with Hitch on 11 films, so they'll mesh
Witness for the Prosecution
Anton Karas:Score Composer
*He'll work with Chaplin on the score and will also play the zither for it