Shot Behind the Shot: The Princess Bride (1987)

(Above) The Man in Black reveals his ambidextrous swordsmanship in 1987’s The Princess Bride. (Pic on the left via Behind the Clapperboard)

Here’s Mandy Patinkin on preparing for the scene, from an Entertainment Weekly oral history:

I knew that my job was to become the world’s greatest swordfighter. I trained for about two months in New York and then we went to London and Cary and I trained every day that we weren’t shooting for four months. There were no stunt men involved in any of the sword fights, except for one flip in the air.

A few more nuggets from that same oral history….

ROB REINER, director: I read the book when I was in my 20s, because I was a huge William Goldman fan. Then, after I had made a couple of pictures, Spinal Tap and The Sure Thing, I started thinking of The Princess Bride. I very naively thought I could make a movie, then I discovered that Francois Truffaut had tried and Norman Jewison had tried and Robert Redford had been involved — one after the other. No [studio] wanted to make a movie of The Princess Bride; nobody was interested in it. We kept tearing the budget down, I had to try to sell foreign rights and video rights, I had to cut my salary, I had to cut the cast’s salaries. It was crazy. I think we had, like, $16 million dollars, which even at the time wasn’t very much. In the script it said “the army of Florin” — I had seven people in the army of Florin.

WILLIAM GOLDMAN, writer of The Princess Bride novel (published in 1973) and screenplay: I had two little daughters, I think they were 7 and 4 at the time, and I said, “I’ll write you a story. What do you want it to be about?” One of them said “a princess” and the other one said “a bride.” I said, “That’ll be the title.”

Set Pics of the Day: The Last Jedi (2017) gallery

Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)
Who the Devil Shot It: cinematographer Steve Yedlin
Director: Rian Johnson

Photos from the official Star Wars website. The Last Jedi hits theaters on December 15th.

Also check out this sprawling gallery of posters from across the Star Wars saga.

Behind the scenes of Alien:Covenant (2017)

Alien: Covenant: (2017)
Who the Devil Shot It: cinematographer Dariusz Wolski
Director: Ridley Scott
Cameras: Arri Alexa XT and Alexa Mini
Lenses: Angenieux Optimo DP Rouge 16-42mm and 30-80mm zooms, Panavision 19-90mm Primo Compact Zoom, and Panavision PVintage primes

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