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HISTORY WAS MADE ON THIS DAY

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Film director Martin Charles Scorsese is 80 years old today.

4 Film Favorites: Martin Scorsese Collection (DVD)

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WAR MOVIE RELEASED ON THIS DAY IN 1979

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Apocalypse Now, the acclaimed Vietnam War film directed by
Francis Ford Coppola, opened in theaters around the United
States on August 15, 1979.

The film, inspired in part by Joseph Conrad’s 1899 novella
Heart of Darkness, among other sources, told the story of
an Army captain (played by Martin Sheen) and crew of men
who are sent into the Cambodian jungle to kill a U.S. Special
Forces colonel (Marlon Brando) who has gone AWOL and is
thought to be crazy. Apocalypse Now, which co-starred Robert
Duvall and Dennis Hopper, became notorious for its long,
difficult production, which included budget problems, shooting
delays due to bad weather on the Philippines set, a heart attack 
for Sheen and a nervous breakdown for Coppola.  
                                             

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“I love the smell of napalm in the morning, it smells like
victory.”  

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Francis Ford Coppola became 83 in April.

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‘’MASTER OF SUSPENSE’’ BORN ON THIS DAY

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Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock  (13 August 1899 – 29 April 1980)

Alfred Hitchcock was an English filmmaker widely regarded as one
of the most influential figures in the history of cinema. In a career spanning six decades, he directed over 50 feature films, many of
which are still widely watched and studied today. Known as the
"Master of Suspense", he became as well known as any of his
actors thanks to his many interviews,
his cameo roles in most
of his films, and his hosting and producing the television
anthology Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955–65).

His films garnered 46 Academy Award nominations, including six
wins, although he never won the award for
Best Director despite
five nominations.

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PROLIFIC MOVIE MAKER HAS DIED AT 89

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Bob Rafelson (February 21, 1933 – July 23, 2022)

(Hollywood Reporter) – Bob Rafelson, the writer, director,
producer and maverick who set the tone for the swinging,
psychedelic 1960s with The Monkees, then was a pioneer
in one of the most influential eras of independent film, 
history has died.

Rafelson, who collaborated with Jack Nicholson on seven
features, including the classics Easy Rider (1969), Five
Easy Pieces
(1970) and The King of Marvin Gardens (1972),
died Saturday night of natural causes at his home in Aspen,
Colorado.

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Rafelson (far right) with The Monkees.

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MOVIE SET TRAGEDY ON THIS DAY IN 1982

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On July 23, 1982, Vic Morrow and two child actors, Renee Shinn
Chen and Myca Dinh Le, are killed in an accident involving a
helicopter during filming on the
California set of Twilight Zone:
The Movie
. Morrow, age 53, and the children, ages six and seven,
were shooting a
Vietnam War battle scene in which they were
supposed to be running from a pursuing helicopter. Special-
effects explosions on the set caused the pilot of the low-flying
craft to lose control and crash into the three victims. The accident
took place on the film’s last scheduled day of shooting.

Twilight Zone co-director John Landis (Blues Brothers, Trading
Places, National Lampoon’s Animal House
) and four other men
working on the film, including the special-effects coordinator and
the helicopter pilot, were charged with involuntary manslaughter. According to a 1987 New York Times report, it was the first time
a film director faced criminal charges for events that occurred
while making a movie.

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Victor Morrow (Victor Morozoff)
(February 14, 1929 – July 23, 1982)

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