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Product Details

  • Actors: Robert F. Boyle, Henry Bumstead, Harold Michelson, Albert Nozaki, Conrad L. Hall
  • Directors: Daniel Raim
  • Writers: Daniel Raim
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Anamorphic, Dolby
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Docurama
  • DVD Release Date: June 12, 2012
  • Run Time: 78 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0071BY20U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #398,340 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Product Description

From Academy Award®-nominated director Daniel Raim, SOMETHING S GONNA LIVE is an intimate portrait of life, death, friendship and the movies, as recalled by some of Hollywood s greatest cinema artists: renowned art directors (and pals) Robert Boyle (North by Northwest, The Birds), Henry Bumstead (To Kill a Mockingbird, The Sting) and Albert Nozaki (The War of the Worlds, The Ten Commandments), storyboard artist Harold Michelson (The Graduate, Star Trek: The Motion Picture), and master cinematographers Haskell Wexler (Who s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Medium Cool) and Conrad Hall (In Cold Blood, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid). From snapshots, sketches, and vintage footage interwoven with interviews, we get a behind-the-scenes look at movie-making in the golden age of cinema. As we watch iconic scenes of our collective imaginations emerge from their drawings, models, matte paintings, and sets, we hear tales of Mae West, Hitch, and DeMille in this deeply affecting (LA Weekly) and unexpectedly moving (Variety) celebration of the human stories behind the glamorous edifice of Hollywood.

Special Features

  • Oscar®-nominated Bonus Film, The Man on Lincoln s Nose
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Excerpt from Robert Boyle s AFI Master Class: Production Design Checklist and Working with Hitchcock
  • Conversation between Conrad Hall and Robert Boyle: Life After Film School
  • Haskell Wexler discuses Something's Gonna Live on KPFK
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Featured Artists Biographies
  • DVD-ROM content: PDF of Robert Boyle s original Production Design Checklist

Customer Reviews

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I was disappointed after I viewed it and the "bonus material" was stringent at best.
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The stories behind the art direction for some classic films are told very well if you are interested in this stuff.
These are the words that come to mind when I reflect on Daniel Raim's love letter to old Hollywood filmmaking.
K. Harris

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Format: DVD
With the emphasis so many modern filmmakers place on dazzling moviegoers with CGI and pyrotechnics, it's easy to forget the talented people who've always worked behind the scenes, creating movie magic with techniques predating our current digital age. SOMETHING'S GONNA LIVE (SGL)is bursting with absorbing, entertaining anecdotes about the golden age of filmmaking, including appearances by Haskell Wexler, Production Illustrator Harold Michelson, and Director of Photography Conrad L. Hall. As if the presence of these greats didn't already guarantee that SGL is a must-see for film lovers, Raim focuses most keenly on three longtime friends and colleagues during the twilight of their lives: Production Designers Robert F. Bob Boyle, Al Nozaki, and Art Director Henry Bumstead, a.k.a. "Bummy." Of the three, I'd say Al had the most crosses to bear; as if his unfair incarceration at Manzanar wasn't bad enough, he also had to contend with retinitis pigmentosa slowly stealing his eyesight. I found myself in awe of Al's incredible grace and fortitude under the circumstances.

Bob Boyle matter-of-factly muses, "I think everybody's here by accident. At any moment, anybody could get cancelled. Then there are all those things that we do to ourselves. In my case, I overindulged in almost everything. I smoked too much, I drank too much, I lived too long." Nevertheless, onscreen the trio's increasing physical frailty doesn't slow down their sharp minds. These men are just as witty, smart, and on the ball as any young hotshots. I especially liked Bummy's quips about film sets that don't look lived-in enough. No doubt their love of their professions kept them young in mind and spirit over the years -- proof of the importance of spending your life doing what you truly love, if you're lucky!
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Nostalgic and bittersweet. These are the words that come to mind when I reflect on Daniel Raim's love letter to old Hollywood filmmaking. "Something's Gonna Live" assembles six prominent figures from the technical side of film production before the industry was overrun with computerized enhancements. It is a discussion of process, of film, and of a way of movie making that no longer exists. But without the contributions of these men (and others like them), the medium of film would not have advanced and flourished to its contemporary state. In its format, this is a relatively simple film that just serves as a tribute and a reminder to the unsung heroes that achieved fame and notoriety behind the scenes.

A major portion of the film revolves around a reunion with three old friends who all worked as art directors together. The principles are Robert Boyle who worked on Hitchcock's NORTH BY NORTHWEST and THE BIRDS among other great projects, Henry Bumstead whose credits include Oscar wins for both TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD and THE STING, and Albert Nozaki who worked on landmark movies like THE TEN COMMANDMENTS and WAR OF THE WORLDS. These three have such a gentle camaraderie and respect for one another, it's really a joy to see their reunion. Perhaps the most memorable portion of the movie, for me, is the trip that Bumstead and Boyle take to Bodega Bay where THE BIRDS was filmed. This segment of the documentary really dissects the way various scenes of the movie were put together and would be absolutely fascinating to someone with an interest in film process. Other subjects profiled are cinematographers Haskell Wexler (one of the all time greats) and Conrad Hall. When Hall discusses IN COLD BLOOD, it's another enlightening highpoint of the movie.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie Rodgers on March 16, 2012
Format: DVD
You know the type of film that somehow gets under your skin and you find yourself revisiting little details long after you saw it? This is one of those.

It's a last-reunion story, a capturing of priceless moments and shared insights between 6 of Hollywood's most iconic film artists of the last century. We've had lifelong love affairs with their work, but never knew their names or recognized their remarkable contributions. Until now.

From production design to cinematography, the incomparable talents of the 6 profiled - all that's just a backdrop of sorts, like a grand set design, for a much larger, incredibly moving human story. The values of these wonderfully humble guys repeatedly rise to the top like cream in milk. Their lifelong friendships have endured and ripened over time.

Production designer Robert Boyle was a treasure, solidly grounded with a keen sense of humor that kept things light. Age can do many things to us, but ultimately our character shines through. And his remained young and beautiful.

Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Daniel Raim did a masterful job weaving the elements of the story together into something unexpectedly greater than the sum of its parts. And for that, a standing ovation.

As far as rating the film goes, I'd give it 10 stars but Amazon's rating system ends at 5.

Spectacular. See it if you can. A worthy addition to any film collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. Lee Zimmerman TOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 28, 2013
Format: DVD
As I've said before, I don't watch all that many documentaries. It isn't that I don't like them; it's just that, over the years, I've found so many that I have watched to be guided by some overarching political message that I might disagree with, so I feel a bit out of place in reviewing many of them. Every now and then, however, I stumble across one that tickles my fancy, piques my interest, and tells me something substantial about the world in which I live; so I give it a spin. SOMETHING'S GONNA LIVE is essentially a collection of memories from some of Tinseltown's most respected and most acclaimed artisans of their craft (art directors, cinematographers, and storyboardists). Not all of it is a perfect delight, but something's certainly gonna live on in the message these peers want shared with audiences.

(NOTE: The following review may contain minor spoilers necessary solely for the discussion of plot and characters. If you're the kind of reader who prefers a review entirely spoiler-free, then I'd encourage you to skip down to the last two paragraphs for my final assessment. If, however, you're accepting of a few modest hints at `things to come,' then read on ...)

Academy Award nominated director Daniel Raim ("The Man on Lincoln's Nose") presents a series of videotaped conversations and reflections from no less than six craftsmen who spent decades at the top of the Hollywood game working with some of the industry's most legendary directors (including DeMille and Hitchcock). While the majority of the observations center on Robert Boyle (NORTH BY NORTHWEST and IN COLD BLOOD), Mr. Boyle spends the course of his senior years visiting with other luminaries he met and worked with along the way.
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