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Phil’s Top 5… Documentaries About Filmmaking

Each week Phil, from Phil’s Quick Capsule Review, takes a look at a different movie or TV related Top Five.  This time out:  My 5 Best Documentaries About Filmmaking


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5 – Lost In LaMancha
Terry Gilliam has a history of troubled film productions and Lost In LaMancha details what is probably his most traumatic. It’s interesting but at the same time makes you wonder if he’ll ever catch a break as a filmmaker


4 – Full Tilt Boogie
Behind the scenes on From Dusk Till Dawn covering the production of this modern classic, its crew and union issues, star problems and with deleted scenes of assistants signing autographs.


3 – Life Itself
Not about making a film but about the film industry and one of it’s most important contributors, Roger Ebert.  Just superb.


2 – The Hamster Factory
Twelve Monkeys by Terry Gilliam Standards at least, was a pretty easy production.  But that doesn’t mean there isn’t a fascinating story sitting behind it.


1 – Hearts Of Darkness: A Filmmaker Apocalypse
The granddaddy of all behind the scenes documentaries, few films will ever face the hurdles that Apocalypse Now did… all detailed here is fascinating details!




About Phil Hobden

Phil Hobden
Phil Hobden is the former Film Editor & Writer for renowned martial arts focused COMBAT MAGAZINE in the UK. He is also a filmmaker in his own right, having produced two cult Independent action films in LEFT FOR DEAD and TEN DEAD MEN. He was the host for the Filmsploitation podcast for 4 years and now writes and edits for his own site Phil's Quick Capsule Review...

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