Saturday, September 27, 2008

The Long Good Friday

Back in 1980 when Guy Ritchie was still in short pants, the British gangster movie reached its apogee with The Long Good Friday starring Bob Hoskins and Helen Mirren. I found this 2006 documentary on the making of the film below, and it proves again that big budgets and special effects are unnecessary for quality film making; all that is required is a tight script, creative directing and great acting. TLGF frequently makes the top 10 in lists of the best British films of all time and Roger Ebert gave it four stars in his review. Part 6 of the documentary is particularly interesting, revealing that the studio hated the film so much they attempted to cut it to a one hour TV movie and overdub Bob Hoskins. The canny Hoskins however showed that he was not a man to be shat on. Click to watch it below; double click to watch it on YouTube and follow the links for all six parts.