[rumori] Alan Smithee

Reed Hedges (reedATzerohour.net)
Fri, 24 Mar 2000 08:08:44 -0500

luther blisset type fans--

[from memepool.com today:]

Hey, fuck Jean-Luc Godard, director of movies that are ponderous,
pretentious, and (worst of all) French. Give me the collected works of
nonexistent director Alan Smithee any day.

<French>: http://www.qnx.com/~glen/deadbeef/384.html
<nonexistent>: http://us.imdb.com/Name?Smithee,+Alan
<Alan Smithee>: http://www.echonyc.com/~mtv/smithee/

[from imdb.com:]

'Alan Smithee' is a common pseudonym for directors whose film
was clearly taken away from her/him and recut heavily against
her/his wishes in ways that completely altered the film.

[from echonyc.com:]

The works of Smithee are
always sources of wonder,
and always will be
condemned to the
purgatories of
direct-to-video release
and late-night television.


Al Dekker:

Too vain, x. trapnel, or too frightened? Smithee's relationship to eyeglasses
is odd indeed. Just look at his use of eyeglasses as a symbol of death in Eyes
of the Strangler (1965) in which the sunlight's glint from the murderous
Rod Steiger's glasses cuts through the blackness of Sandy Dennis's hiding
place; in Big Bust on Prince Street (1966) with its climatic shootout
between Broderick Crawford and Akim Tamiroff in the optometrist's
office; and especially in Defenestrators from Mars (1967) wherein Earth is
destroyed by invaders concentrating the sun's rays through a gigantic
crystal lens. And what of the director's policy during the '60s, banning
eyeglasses from the sets of all Smithee productions?

Yet another mildewed geegaw from the cluttered basement that is Smithee.

x. trapnel:

smithee is a complex and tortured individual - second-guessing his
motivations is indeed a risky business.



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