Movies Out of Thin Air (including The White Gorilla)

“An expanded edition of the program that was such a popular success at the last Telluride Film Festival. In the 30s and 40s, both independent companies and even major studios frequently (and economically) made new movies out of the highlights of old, often with extreme ingenuity in designing new scenes, or writing new dialogue, to match material shot up to 25 years earlier! In this fascinating (and hilarious) survey you'll see Cary Grant, Claude Rains, Richard Arlen and other stars acting and intercut with cans of old footage, often of recognisably classic stature. To be shown in its entirety is the piece-de-resistance of this genre, 1945's The White Gorilla, in which a handful of down-on-their-luck actors, one set, a few rocks and trees, a couple of gorilla skins and reels of footage from a silent serial are turned into a film which is a masterpiece of its kind.”

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