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Special effects by Ray Harryhausen in One Million Years B.C. (1967) - Don Chaffey [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

Le Voyage Dans La Lune (A Trip To The Moon) (1902) - Georges Méliès

Melies the Magician (1997) - Jacques Mény [Amazon.com]


Special effects (SPFX) are used in the film, television, and entertainment industry to create effects that cannot be achieved by normal means, such as depicting travel to other star systems. They are also used when creating the effect by normal means is prohibitively expensive, such as an enormous explosion. They are also used to enhance previously filmed elements, by adding, removing or enhancing objects within the scene. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special_effect [Nov 2004] . --William Keough

Ray Harryhausen

Ray Harryhausen (born June 29, 1920 in Los Angeles, California) was an American film director, producer and most notably a special effects creator. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray_Harryhausen [Nov 2004]

Special Effects (1984) - Larry Cohen

  • Special Effects (1984) - Larry Cohen [imdb.com]
    Reality and illusion collide in this thriller about a megalomaniacal movie director who murders a young would-be actress, then sets about making a feature about the deed, casting the dead woman's clueless husband as the patsy, and finding a dead ringer to play the part of the dead actress.--Eugene Kim for imdb.com

    Bogosian has been writing about, and "acting out," these contradictions for over ten years. In "Special Effects" (1984), written and directed by Larry Cohen, Bogosian plays Chris Neville, a "power" porno film director who aspires toward the snuff film of all snuff films by trying to get his murder of a starlet on the silver screen. Neville blurs the distinction between "real" violence and "screen" violence. Watching a film clip of Ruby killing Oswald, he is struck with the notion that there is no difference between real death and make-believe death. What "Special Effects" exposes is the cynicism, even criminality, of writers and directors toward violence. --William Keough

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