Thursday, July 1, 2010

Elliott Kastner

 Film producer -- via Variety. I have a lot of personal affection for his work, as he produced such films as "Where Eagles Dare," in which the highest number of Nazis are killed in cinema history, at least until "Inglourious Basterds": the incredibly strange Brando/Nicholson Western "The Missouri Breaks," which must have strained his patience to the limit; the underrated "Harper" with Paul Newman; and three films based on Raymond Chandler novels, all of which I love -- Altman's "The Long Goodbye," and two with Robert Mitchum as the definitive Philip Marlowe -- "Farewell, My Lovely" and "The Big Sleep." Thanks, Mr. K!

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