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The Fantasy Film Worlds of George Pal (1985)

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An endearing tribute to the father of fantasy and science fiction filmmaking - Oscar winner George Pal . Five decades of the visionary film makers groundbreaking works are presented via rare interviews and dynamic movie scenes.

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Arnold Leibovit

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Arnold Leibovit
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Zsoka Pal Zsoka Pal ... Herself (as Mrs. George Pal)
Duke Goldstone Duke Goldstone ... Himself
Ray Harryhausen ... Himself
Gene Warren Gene Warren ... Himself
Roy Edward Disney ... Himself (as Roy Disney)
David Pal David Pal ... Himself (as Dave Pal)
Joe Dante ... Himself
Walter Lantz ... Himself
Robert Bloch ... Himself
Gene Roddenberry ... Himself
Chesley Bonestell Chesley Bonestell ... Himself
Ray Bradbury ... Himself
Robert Wise ... Himself
Albert Nozaki Albert Nozaki ... Himself
Ann Robinson ... Herself
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The Fantasy Film Worlds of George Pal is an unforgettable seminal documentary covering the life and career of the genius, eight-time Academy Award winner, who inspired contemporary artists such as Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Gene Roddenberry and many more. It contains epic interviews with stars and filmmakers whose lives he touched, famous movie clips, rare archival footage, photos and some of his original artist's renderings. Produced and directed by Arnold Leibovit, chief advisor Mrs. George Pal. Written by B2MP, Inc.

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USA

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English

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1987 (Spain) See more »

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El mundo de las películas de fantasía de George Pal See more »

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Features an interview with Ann Robinson who talks about her close-up screaming in The War of the Worlds (1953), and another interview with Tony Curtis, about his portrayal of the title magician in Houdini (1953). Curtis demonstrates "the pass", a card manipulation trick. See more »

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Features Tubby the Tuba (1947) See more »

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Quite enjoyable....
9 May 2012 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is a documentary about George Pal--a man who created MANY fanciful films over the years. When he lived in Europe, he produced many animated films--mostly using stop-motion. And, when he left to come to America during the Nazi era, he continued with stop-motion but also graduated up to directing and producing films with such amazing topics as sci-fi, fantasy and mythology. The film consists (not surprisingly) of many clips from his films but also archival footage of Pal (who had died by the time the documentary was made) as well as many interviews with folks who admired him as well as starred in his films. What I found most fascinating were not the clips (frankly, the artistry today looks very quaint) but how affectionate everyone was when they talked about him. It wasn't just admiration for his skills but his decency as a person. Folks just seemed to love him--and I am sure this film will work better because of this. Interesting and well worth seeing, though I wish they'd included more of his Puppetoons film work. Well made and charming.


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