An Accidental Studio

An Accidental Studio

DVD - 2020
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Charts the early years of HandMade Films seen through the eyes of the filmmakers, key personnel, and the man who started it all: former Beatle George Harrison. Featuring unreleased archive interviews and footage with Harrison, exclusive interviews with Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam, Richard E. Grant, Neil Jordan, Ray Cooper, and unseen interviews with Bob Hoskins.
Publisher: [United States] : RLJ Entertainment, [2020]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (107 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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May 14, 2021

Harrison is one of your more engaging talking heads; Handmade Films’ first project ‘Life of Brian’ superb. I question how valid some of the other output is. . .’Time Bandits’ has merit and gaping holes. Would they have enjoyed greater overall success by imbibing less reefer? As intelligent as the participants are ‘Accidental Studio’ eventually winds down to a blend of self-congratulations and mutual recriminations.

Apr 12, 2021

Agree with Royaljelly's take on this. Just fun and interesting to watch all these famous names in a totally different context than we're used to seeing. Certainly of interest to anyone who's worked in film, or created a film.

Nov 26, 2020

A balanced portrait of Handmade Films, which produced a disproportionate number of memorable movies in the 80's for a studio which released so few films overall. Some of their most fondly remembered titles include Life of Brian, Withnail & I and Time Bandits. This documentary also devotes some time to Handmade productions which were memorable for all the wrong reasons, such as Shanghai Surprise and Water. A number of key personnel and artists speak frankly about the organization. Unfortunately, it is a given that George Harrison's comments can only be from archival interview segments, though every minute he is in this documentary is a joy. Highly recommended for anybody interested in any aspect of Handmade Films, the talent behind those films or the movies themselves.

Nov 01, 2020

Once upon a time, the comedy troupe Monty Python was in the process of filming their next movie when the studio suddenly panicked over the controversial content, and withdrew funding. Python member Eric Idle broached the subject with his good pal George Harrison, who had been part of his own "troupe" of influential musicians who just happened to change pop music forever. The result was the creation of Handmade Films: an entity to which rejected scriptwriters could pitch their creative ideas that mainstream studios rejected. From the mouths of all those involved, we learn about how this all went down, and how eventually this buoy of creative hope found itself becoming a dead weight as conflicting ideas impacted its success.


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