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These films all lift the veil from the sausage factory of entertainment-making. No one who has ever been behind the scenes can deny the humor and relevance of these classics.
It's funny because it's true. Seriously, do you think Jeff Beck can actually sit through more than 5 minutes of the greatest piss-take in history?
Before there was film there was the theatre. Clearly it didn't run any smoother than film shoots do today.
As a sound man, this De Palma classic will always be near and dear to my heart. The 360 shot of Travolta realizing his entire sound FX library has been degaussed has made more than a few sound men wake up screaming.
The original anxiety dream of every artist.
"You were really good in that diamond-heist movie."
"I wasn't in any diamond-heist movie."
"...Yeah, it was you."
If only film-making was this fun and we all got to wear uniforms to work.
Proving that nothing is more sociopathic than a movie director, even if it means the lives of several sound men.
Rule #1, don't mess with the focus puller.