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.
John Huston’s sombre but compassionate boxing drama FAT CITY (1972) is a criminally-underseen late-career masterpiece from the great director. Peppered with outstanding performances, this gritty yet affectionate look at the world of small-time boxing highlights a down-and-out fighter (Stacy Keach) and a young up-and-comer (Jeff Bridges), both moving through a world of seedy gyms and flop houses. The new Fiction Factory documentary SUCKER PUNCH BLUES: A LOOK BACK ON JOHN HUSTON’S »FAT CITY«, featuring interviews with actors Keach and Candy Clark, casting director Fred Roos and assistant cameraman Gary Vidor, chronicles the making of this modern classic and will first be available on British boutique label Indicator’s dual-format release of the film in late March.
Signal One | UK | 22 May 2017
Contains the Ficiton Factory bonus features THE WOMAN IS DANGEROUS: VANESSA WANGER HOPE ON JOAN BENNETT, WALTER WANGER AND FRITZ LANG (27 min) and THE BIGGEST GAME: JAN-CHRISTOPHER HORAK ON FRITZ LANG’S »MAN HUNT« AND HOLLYWOOD’S ANTI-NAZI FILMS (21 min).
Shout! Factory | USA | 2 May 2017
Contains the Ficiton Factory bonus feature RUMBLE ON THE LOT: WALTER HILL’S »STREETS OF FIRE« REVISITED (80 min).
Signal One | UK | 17 April 2017
Contains the Ficiton Factory bonus feature ENCHANTED ISLAND: MICHAEL GREEN ON GUY GREEN AND THE FILMING OF »THE MAGUS« (30 min).
Indicator | UK | 20 March 2017
Contains the Ficiton Factory bonus feature SUCKER PUNCH BLUES: LOOKING BACK ON JOHN HUSTON’S »FAT CITY« (55 min).
Indicator | UK | 27 February 2017
Contains the Ficiton Factory bonus features ABOUT A TRIP: ALEXANDER PAYNE ON HAL ASHBY’S »THE LAST DETAIL« (17 min), A SEARCH FOR TRUTH: ROBERT C. JONES ON HAL ASHBY’S »THE LAST DETAIL« (21 min), and a 5-minute introduction by Alexander Payne.
Indicator | UK | 27 February 2017
Contains the Ficiton Factory bonus features BUNNY LAKE IS MISSING: CAROL LYNLEY REMEMBERS (27 min) and BUNNY LAKE IS MISSING: CLIVE REVILL REMEMBERS (14 min).
In January, Fiction Factory head Robert Fischer reconnected with John Moulder-Brown to shoot interviews on two more of the actor’s films from the early 1970s. Having discussed Jerzy Skolimowski’s DEEP END (see here) and Maximilian Schell’s FIRST LOVE in 2011, they now sat down to talk about Narciso Ibáñez Serrador’s cult classic THE HOUSE THAT SCREAMED (La Residencia, 1970) and Luchino Visconti’s lush and masterful historical drama LUDWIG (1973). Moulder-Brown was happy to go back in time and share his memories about creating these truly enigmatic characters, and the two interviews (with a running time between 20 and 25 minutes each) will soon become available for international DVD and blu-ray releases.
Lilli Palmer and John Moulder-Brown in Narciso Ibáñez Serrador’s THE HOUSE THAT SCREAMED (La Residencia)
Helmut Berger and John Moulder-Brown in Luchino Visconti’s LUDWIG
In Fiction Factory’s brand-new interview feature THE WOMAN IS DANGEROUS, filmmaker Vanessa Wanger Hope talks passionately about her grandparents — Hollywood star Joan Bennett and producer Walter Wanger — and the pair’s collaboration with director Fritz Lang on no less than four films: MAN HUNT (1941), THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW (1944), SCARLET STREET (1945) and SECRET BEYOND THE DOOR (1947), the latter two produced by Diana Productions, a company founded and run by the star/producer/director trio. But the main focus here is on Joan Bennett’s life and career and on MAN HUNT, which will come out on blu-ray in the UK early next year, with THE WOMAN IS DANGEROUS included as an extra feature!
Here at Fiction Factory we just finished editing on RUNNING IN THE DARK, in which film scholar Glenn Erickson tells the fascinating story behind Jules Dassin’s noir masterpiece NIGHT AND THE CITY (1950), starring Richard Widmark as an American low-life racketeer literally running out of luck in London. Watch out for this 42-minute documentary on an upcoming blu-ray of NIGHT AND THE CITY.
British cult actress Judy Geeson (TO SIR WITH LOVE, BERSERK, DOOMWATCH) recently met with Robert Fischer in Los Angeles to reminisce about Richard Fleischer’s true-crime drama 10 RILLINGTON PLACE (1971), in which she plays John Hurt’s wife and is — spoiler alert! — famously killed by none other than Britain’s notorious serial killer John Christie (Richard Attenborough). The 22-minute documentary, BEING BERYL: JUDY GEESON ON RICHARD FLEISCHER’S 10 RILLINGTON PLACE, will first appear as a bonus feature on Paris-based Carlotta Film’s DVD and blu-ray editions of Fleischer’s film later this year.
Joseph Wambaugh wrote his first novel »The New Centurions« while still active as a member of the Los Angeles Police Department, and his fact-based, painfully realistic book became a nation-wide bestseller when it came out in 1971. Replacing heroic cops with struggling, psychologically damaged characters, Wambaugh changed crime literature forever. Richard Fleischer’s filming of Wambaugh’s novel, also called THE NEW CENTURIONS, followed a year later and, in turn, revolutionized crime movies. Now, 45 years later, the Fiction Factory documentary COP STORIES: THE MAKING OF RICHARD FLEISCHER’S THE NEW CENTURIONS, featuring new filmed interviews with writer Joseph Wambaugh, star Stacy Keach, technical advisor Richard E. Kalk (Wambaugh’s real-life LAPD partner) and assistant cameraman Ronald Vidor, chronicles the production of that landmark film in all its stages from script to screen. The 45-minute documentary will be avilable later this year.
In the works at Fiction Factory is a 30-minute documentary on Guy Green’s controversial 1968 film THE MAGUS, adapted from the bestselling John Fowles novel by the author himself and starring Michael Caine, Anthony Quinn, Candice Bergen and Anna Karina. In the documentary, ENCHANTED ISLAND: MICHAEL GREEN ON GUY GREEN AND THE FILMING OF THE MAGUS, it is the director’s son who takes us back to the summer of 1967 and gives a first-hand account of how the Spanish island of Mallorca and its gorgeous beaches stood in for the fictitious Greek isle described in Fowles’ novel.
The recently restored director’s cut of Sam Fuller’s DEAD PIGEON ON BEETHOVEN STREET is now out on DVD and blu-ray from Olive Films (USA). In both formats, the release includes the feature-length Fiction Factory documentary RETURN TO BEETHOVEN STREET: SAM FULLER IN GERMANY, featuring rare archival footage of Fuller on the set and new interviews with actors Christa Lang-Fuller, Eric P. Caspar and Hans-Christoph Blumenberg, fellow directors and Fuller fans Wim Wenders and Dominik Graf, film scholars Bill Krohn and Janet Bergstrom, Fuller’s daughter Samantha and more.