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'This is such an intriguing book, you wonder why it hasn't been compiled before ... an exhaustive account of stifled ambition that reads like an alternative history of cinema; a tantalising line-up of what-ifs and if onlys' The Sunday Times 'Does what it says on the tin ... a fun one for the downstairs loo' Evening Standard 'Fascinating film-by-film compendium' Empire magazine 'An easy read with genuine academic credentials. Engaging, funny and - crucially - rigorous throughout' Total Film 'The research is impeccable, and some of the stories are jaw-dropping. You'll find lots of fascinating anecdotes about the art of film-making' SFX magazine 'an exhaustive account of stifled ambition...overstuffed with fascinating trivia' The Oldie --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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SIMON BRAUND, a British author living in Los Angeles, wrote the definitive history of Alejandro Jodorowsky's failed attempt, in 1975, to adapt Frank Herbert's Dune. He has been a contributing editor to Empire, the UK's leading movie magazine, for a decade and has written for numerous magazines and newspapers, including the Sunday Times, Q, the Observer, and Time Out. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Flexibound: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Cassell (February 11, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844037746
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844037742
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.8 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #774,223 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It rounds out the movie buff's interest.
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The stories are often funny, full of the foibles of players who are rich, obsessive, or egotistical.
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The Marx Brothers doing a movie with Salvador Dali.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael A. Weyer on March 13, 2014
Format: Flexibound
Imagine going to the DVD section of your local library and seeing…

*Sequels to “Casablanca” and “Gladiator.”
*”War of the Worlds” with FX by stop-motion master Ray Harryhausen.
*The Marx Brothers doing a movie with Salvador Dali.
*Stanley Kubrick directing a biography of Napolean.
*Legendary animator Hayao Miyazaki adapting Pippi Longstocking.
*Nicolas Cage as Superman.
*Alejandro Jodorowsky adapting “Dune.”
*Ridley Scott directing real-life thriller “The Hot Zone.”
*”Batman Year One” instead of “Batman Begins.”
*A story of the 300 Spartans starring Bruce Willis and directed by Michael Mann.
*An adaptation of video game “Halo” by the director of “District 9.”

All these and so many more are covered in this fantastic book. It’s amazing to read of the various projects Terry Gilliam and Orson Welles were unable to get off the ground despite hard work and also the original idea for the revival of “Star Trek” in motion pictures and an unused James Bond starring Sean Connery. In some cases, the decision to shoot these down could be disastrous such as Carloco passing on the Arnold Schwarzenegger epic “Crusade” in favor of the mega-bomb “Cutthroat Island” which put them out of business. It even goes into movies that were actually mostly made like Marilyn Monroe’s final film; Jerry Lewis’ infamous Holocaust drama “The Day the Clown Cried”; and David O. Russell’s “Nailed” that folded just two days before production was complete with just one key scene barring it from being released. In each case, it’s pointed out that these films could have been hits and truly amazing but remain unused and unmade.

If there’s a complaint, it’s that the book is too short as any of these could be grounds for a major volume for much more detail.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Berner VINE VOICE on March 2, 2014
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A truly marvelous read for any film buff (or even highly polish)

Unlike some other books of a similar bent, the films discussed here are not rumours or speculations.

Every one of them was at various stages of production from script to casting to, in the case of David O Russell's entry, almost totally completed.

And (almost) every one of them reads as a truly great (or, at least very good) loss to the art of film.

That Braund brings them to life so well is the magic of this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Hardy HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on May 31, 2014
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Whittier told us, “For of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these: ‘It might have been!’” But it is only half true. What if one of the things that might have been was a movie with Jerry Lewis as a clown in a Nazi concentration camp? What if there had been a movie sequel to _Casablanca_? These are “might have beens” about which we can be anything but sad. These two examples are anomalies, though, included in _The Greatest Movies You’ll Never See: Unseen Masterpieces by the World’s Greatest Directors_ (Cassell Illustrated), edited by Simon Braund. All of these movies were proposed, planned, and may even have been in production, but they are movies that we can only dream about seeing. Some of them had the potential to have been masterworks, and so there is a Whittier-tinged regret over most of the chapters, but the stories of what was proposed and what went wrong are often amusing and surprising.

Let’s clear up that Jerry Lewis movie first. Unlike the other films described here, _The Day the Clown Cried_ isn’t imaginary. It exists. It was made in 1972, and a few people have been shown the rough cut, but it is supposed to be worse than you can imagine. The sequel to _Casablanca_ was written and even casted, and it would have turned the original on its head, revealing that Rick had been a secret agent all along. But let’s get serious. What movie fan wouldn’t want to see the thriller _No Bail for the Judge_ starring Audrey Hepburn and Laurence Harvey, directed by Alfred Hitchcock? It had a dark, humorous script, and was set in Britain, to which the director wanted to return when the film was being contemplated in 1958.
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