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A good day for gangster lovers
This week 41 years ago the most classic gangster film was released. The Godfather recovered the languishing career of Marlon Brando and won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Actor (Marlon Brando who did not attend the Academy Awards ceremony), and Best Screenplay.
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The end of a troublesome production
74 years ago the last scene of The wizard of Oz was filmed. The production was not without many difficulties. There were 14 writers, 4 directors and the Tin man was hospitalized because aluminum dust painted his lungs.
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An execution in France
This week in 1963 (March 11) Jean Bastien-Thiry was executed by firing squad. In 1962 he tried to assassinate French President Charles de Gaulle. Both the murder attempt and the firing squad can be seen in the film.
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George Lucas left Norway
This week 35 years ago (March 12, 1979) the cast and crew left Norway. While filming they encountered the worst winter storm in fifty years. A day later they arrived at the Elstree Studios in the UK where over sixty sets were built to shoot the rest of the film in the worlds largest soundstage.
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Simon and Garfunkel won a Grammy Award
This week 45 years ago (March 12, 1969) the soundtrack which featured Simon and Garfunkel’s songs, was presented with the Grammy for Best Record of 1968. Paul Simon did not write the song Mrs. Robinson for the film, but director Nichols told him “It’s now about Mrs. Robinson, not Mrs. Roosevelt”.
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Ian Fleming's final novel
50 years ago (March 16, 1964) the book You Only Live Twice was published. It was the twelfth novel in the James Bond series and the last novel written by Fleming to be published in his lifetime. The story marks the final novel appearance of Ernst Stavro Blofeld and references to his criminal organisation, SPECTRE.
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It’s a boy
On March 20, 1961, Kay Gable (Clark’s fifth wife) gave birth to his son, John Clark Gable, born four months after Clark’s death. He died in Los Angeles (USA) on November 16, 1960, ten days after suffering a third heart attack.
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