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The Fantasy Film Worlds of George Pal (1985)

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An endearing tribute to the father of fantasy and science fiction filmmaking - Oscar winner George Pal . Five decades of the visionary film makers groundbreaking works are presented via rare interviews and dynamic movie scenes.

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Arnold Leibovit

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Arnold Leibovit
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Zsoka Pal Zsoka Pal ... Herself (as Mrs. George Pal)
Duke Goldstone Duke Goldstone ... Himself
Ray Harryhausen ... Himself
Gene Warren Gene Warren ... Himself
Roy Edward Disney ... Himself (as Roy Disney)
David Pal David Pal ... Himself (as Dave Pal)
Joe Dante ... Himself
Walter Lantz ... Himself
Robert Bloch ... Himself
Gene Roddenberry ... Himself
Chesley Bonestell Chesley Bonestell ... Himself
Ray Bradbury ... Himself
Robert Wise ... Himself
Albert Nozaki Albert Nozaki ... Himself
Ann Robinson ... Herself
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The Fantasy Film Worlds of George Pal is an unforgettable seminal documentary covering the life and career of the genius, eight-time Academy Award winner, who inspired contemporary artists such as Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Gene Roddenberry and many more. It contains epic interviews with stars and filmmakers whose lives he touched, famous movie clips, rare archival footage, photos and some of his original artist's renderings. Produced and directed by Arnold Leibovit, chief advisor Mrs. George Pal. Written by B2MP, Inc.

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USA

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1987 (Spain) See more »

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El mundo de las películas de fantasía de George Pal See more »

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Features an interview with Ann Robinson who talks about her close-up screaming in The War of the Worlds (1953), and another interview with Tony Curtis, about his portrayal of the title magician in Houdini (1953). Curtis demonstrates "the pass", a card manipulation trick. See more »

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Features 7 Faces of Dr. Lao (1964) See more »

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An indispensable documentary
8 May 2005 | by paulorcbarrosSee all my reviews

"The Fantasy Film Worlds of George Pal" (1985 - 93 minutes), written, produced and directed by Arnold Leibovit, is a spectacular documentary about the life and workmanship of the director George Pal. It presents some very cool testimonies of Rod Taylor, Ray Bradbury, Tony Curtis, Joe Dante, Barbara Eden, Ray Harryhausen, Roy Disney, Charlton Heston, Walter Lantz, Janeth Leigh, Tonny Randall, Gene Roddenberry and Robert Wise. Originally an architect, the Hungarian George Pal (1908-1980) is one of the best references of the fantastic cinema and the animation in stop-motion. Pal became famous in Europe for his advertising films using animation of dolls, technique named by him as "Puppetoons". The first one of them, in 1932, was a great success and showed cigarettes dancing. Running away from the Second World War, the director went to United States where he began to work to Paramount Pictures. He started making a series of short animations and soon he was producing and directing movies, always with his particular touch of fantasy and special effects. During five decades Pal produced and/or directed classics as "War of the Worlds", "Seven Faces of Doctor Lao", "Destination Moon", "The Time Machine", "Conquest of Space", "When Worlds Collide", "Atlantis: The Lost Continent","Sinbad ","Aladdin" and "The Wonderful Worlds of Brothers Grimm". "The Power"(1968) and "Doc Savage"(1975) were his last productions. An indispensable documentary.


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