FICTION FACTORY is a Munich-based film production company specializing in documentaries and DVD/Blu-ray special features.
FICTION FACTORY ist eine Münchner Filmproduktionsfirma, die sich auf Dokumentarfilme und DVD/Blu-ray-Bonus-Features spezialisiert hat.
Here’s an excerpt from the Fiction Factory documentary BLOOD ON THE LENS: RICHARD H. KLINE ON BRIAN DE PALMA’S THE FURY, available now from Carlotta Films in France (on DVD and blu-ray) and Arrow Films in the UK (on Blu-ray).
Here are the first three minutes of Fiction Factory’s latest production RUMBLE ON THE LOT: WALTER HILL’S STREETS OF FIRE REVISITED. The 80-minute making-of includes brand-new interviews with director Walter Hill, stars Michael Paré and Amy Madigan, and art director James Allen (scroll down for screen shots). In the UK, Second Sight Films’ blu-ray of STREETS OF FIRE will come out on November 18. In Germany, Koch Media’s street date for the blu-ray is November 8.
Fiction Factory has completed production on three new documentaries on the making of Brian De Palma’s supernatural thriller, THE FURY (1978):
• BLOOD ON THE LENS: An interview with Cinematographer Richard H. Kline (26 min.)
• SPINNING TALES: Fiona Lewis on starring in The Fury (13 min.)
• THE FURY: A LOCATION JOURNAL – An interview with Sam Irvin (48 min.)
In the UK, Arrow Video will bring out THE FURY on October 21. In France, Carlotta Films have announced the film for October 23. Both releases will contain the above bonus features, and much more. Pre-order now!
THE TARNISHED ANGELS, Douglas Sirk’s spellbinding chronicle of personal obsession, romantic longing, and irreconcilable desires, now appears as one of the most extraordinary films to come out of 1950s Hollywood, evoking Depression-era New Orleans with glorious black-and-white CinemaScope photography. On August 26, the film will have its international blu-ray premiere as part of the Masters of Cinema Series in the UK.
Three Fiction Factory bonus features will be part of the package:
• INFERNAL CIRCLE, a video interview with critic Bill Krohn
• ACTING WITH DOUGLAS SIRK, a collection of archival interviews with Douglas Sirk, producer Albert Zugsmith and actors Rock Hudson, Robert Stack and Dorothy Malone, incorporating a new interview with director and Sirk afficionado Allison Anders
• TALK ABOUT THE BUSINESS, a video interview with supporting actor William Schallert
London-based Second Sight Films have announced the UK blu-ray release of Walter Hill’s 1984 rock ‘n’ roll fable STREETS OF FIRE, and here at Fiction Factory, we are proud to once again contribute a slate of brand-new bonus features. Last week, Robert Fischer was in Los Angeles and brought back filmed interviews with director and co-writer Walter Hill, actor Michael Paré, actress Amy Madigan and art director James Allen. This will be the third Walter Hill film to get the Fiction Factory treatment after SOUTHERN COMFORT and THE LONG RIDERS. Please contact us for DVD and blu-ray rights for other territories!
FEDORA (1978), Billy Wilder’s penultimate film, proved to be his swan song – his last true masterpiece. It is the mesmerizing, terrifying portrait of a glamorous film star who pays too high a price for her desire to hold on to fame, beauty and youth. In the guise of a suspense drama, and sprinkled with that inimitable Wilder humour, comes a satire more piercing and telling than any other film on Hollywood since Wilder’s own immortal classic, SUNSET BOULEVARD (1950). And again, as in SUNSET BOULEVARD, it is the character played by William Holden who tells the story.
In retracing the making of FEDORA, Robert Fischer’s documentary SWAN SONG: THE STORY OF BILLY WILDERʼS FEDORA adds yet another layer of comment and reflection on the film’s very own subject matter: 35 years after playing the romantic leads in FEDORA, Marthe Keller and Michael York look back at working with Billy Wilder – and their careers. Additional testimonies come from acclaimed cinematographer Gerry Fisher, producer Harold Nebenzal, Paul Diamond (son of Wilder’s writing partner I.A.L. Diamond), German actor Mario Adorf, and Rex McGee, Wilder’s long-time friend and protégé. On-set interviews with Billy Wilder himself and a plethora of never-before-published photographs and documents are also included, as is a comparison between the final release version and Billy Wilder’s longer director’s cut (which will hopefully be restored in time for FEDORA’s release on blu-ray and DVD).
Fiction Factory’s SWAN SONG: THE STORY OF BILLY WILDERʼS FEDORA is now in production and will be ready for delivery in the fall of 2013.
Fiction Factory is proud to announce the street date of its latest production: On June 5, Paris-based boutique label Carlotta Films will include NO TRESPASSING: JOE DANTE ON FILMING »PIRANHA« on the French DVD and blu-ray editions of Dante’s second feature film for producer Roger Corman, PIRANHA (1978). The documentary is filled with anecdotes and information on working in the exploitation genre for Corman in the 1970s; it covers the entire production process of this cult favorite, and and has a running time of 40 minutes.
Here’s the opening to Fiction Factory’s newly-produced 60 minute documentary OUTLAW BROTHERS: THE MAKING OF THE LONG RIDERS with Walter Hill, James Keach and Robert Carradine, which will feature on Second Sight’s UK Blu-ray of THE LONG RIDERS, released on 3rd June. Other newly-produced Fiction Factory extras for THE LONG RIDERS are THE NORTHFIELD MINNESOTA RAID: ANATOMY OF A SCENE (15 minutes) and SLOW MOTION: WALTER HILL ON SAM PECKINPAH (6 minutes).
On 17 April, Carlotta Films in Paris will publish two classic films by Hollywood professional Richard Fleischer (1916-2006) on DVD and blu-ray: VIOLENT SATURDAY (1955) and THE BOSTON STRANGLER (1968). Fiction Factory has produced three bonus features for these releases: William Friedkin, director of THE FRENCH CONNECTION, THE EXORCIST and recently KILLER JOE, a big admirer of Fleischer’s work, took pleasure in introducing both films, and for THE BOSTON STRANGLER, there will be an additional 30-minute feature called REAL KILLER, FAKE NOSE: RICHARD FLEISCHER’S THE BOSTON STRANGLER REMEMBERED, in which veteran cinematographer Richard H. Kline, actress Sally Kellerman, and Mark Fleischer, Richard’s son, take turns in discussing the technical challenges and innovations of this film as well as Tony Curtis’s knock-out performance in the title role.