Visions[22/12/82] (1982)

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Alternative titles

  • E.T. & Tron Marketing Fantasies Alternative
  • 'Gandhi' An Assessment Alternative
  • British Special Effects Alternative


A programme in three parts: 1) BRITISH SPECIAL EFFECTS: Lynda Myles presents a short history of the special effects industry in Britain. A tribute to the work of Les Bowie, the film also examines the effect of reduced investment on Britian's ability to compete with American technicians. Clips include DRACULA PRINCE OF DARKNESS (Fisher, 1965), THUNDERBIRDS (Ep: DAY OF DISASTER, tx 6/11/1965) and The DARK CRYSTAL (Henson & Oz, 1982). 18 mins.

2) E.T. & TRON MARKETING FANTASIES: A video essay analysing the differences in marketing for two big-budget Christmas releases of 1982 - E.T. and TRON. Despite state-of-the-art spectacle, presenter John Ellis argues that the films offer the most traditional of cinematic pleasures - getting others to act out our fantasies. Clips include E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL (Spielberg, 1982) and TRON (Lisberger, 1982). 15 mins.

3) 'GANDHI' AN ASSESSMENT: Farrukh Dhondy compares Richard Attenborough's GANDHI to the history that it portrays. He celebrates the filmmaking achievments in the film but criticises its reverential tone and failure to acknowledge the role of other people in the events of the story. Includes clips from GANDHI (Attenborough, 1982). 17 mins.

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