Congratulations Marty!

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Nobody knows who’s going to win my ass, just like they didn’t know Spielberg was going to win when they had Harrison Ford presenting. Were they really going to have Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola, and George Lucas give the Oscar to Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu?? But how cool was that to see all the movie brats together? I love those guys. It always amazed me when I read their biographies that all of them knew each other. Spielberg once talked about showing “Marty” and “George” the shark from Jaws, or maybe it was “Brian” (DePalma). If I remember correctly, one of them climbed into the shark’s mouth and Spielberg closed it on him. They heard something break and all scattered away.

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Nobody knows who’s going to win my ass, just like they didn’t know Spielberg was going to win when they had Harrison Ford presenting. Were they really going to have Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola, and George Lucas give the Oscar to Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu?? But how cool was that to see all the movie brats together? I love those guys. It always amazed me when I read their biographies that all of them knew each other. Spielberg once talked about showing “Marty” and “George” the shark from Jaws, or maybe it was “Brian” (DePalma). If I remember correctly, one of them climbed into the shark’s mouth and Spielberg closed it on him. They heard something break and all scattered away.

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Nobody knows who’s going to win my ass, just like they didn’t know Spielberg was going to win when they had Harrison Ford presenting. Were they really going to have Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola, and George Lucas give the Oscar to Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu?? But how cool was that to see all the movie brats together? I love those guys. It always amazed me when I read their biographies that all of them knew each other. Spielberg once talked about showing “Marty” and “George” the shark from Jaws, or maybe it was “Brian” (DePalma). If I remember correctly, one of them climbed into the shark’s mouth and Spielberg closed it on him. They heard something break and all scattered away.

If you want a real buzz on these relationships, you’ve got to check out the documentary about Coppola and Lucas in the 60’s on the second disc to the Criterion THX 1138. It was really an amazing time, one of those times where the studios just happened to be collapsing at the same time when the first generation of baby boomers were going to film school. Not that studios were going to film schools to find their new filmmakers, VERY far from. They were just baby boomers making the choice to not going into the trades that had made their parents miserable. Filmmakers came up through the system so in 1967 there weren’t ANY directors younger than fifty. And the business was failing. Then, an independent film, Easy Rider made more money than exhibitors had seen in years, and all-of-a-sudden young directors were the studios license to print money. Lucas and Spielberg say that everyone knew about Coppola who had graduated a year previous and had somehow worked his was onto the lot and was directing a feature, he was a legend to them. Spielberg had heard the legend of this student film, THX11384EB and went to campus to see it and was blown away. Lucas ended up being Coppola’s assistant, shooting a documentary on the making of Coppola’s The Rain People of which I wish I’ve looked for a copy of for years. Later Spielberg and Lucas officially met when Steven caught Lucas ignoring the party they were both at because Spielberg’s Duel had caught his attention on tv.

In an era where twenty-year-olds weren’t welcome on movie sets full of old teamsters and twenty-year-old directors were unheard-of the youngsters had trouble getting anyone to listen to them. When asked for his secret Coppola told each of them in-turn, “Grow a beard.” And they did. Though Marty’s didn’t last long.

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