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.
Production is completed on PURE CINEMA: JOE NAPOLITANO ON BRIAN DE PALMA’S BODY DOUBLE, 38 minutes of first-hand information on the making of De Palma’s cinematic study on voyeurism, eroticism and suspense, as remembered by the film’s first assistant director. Last July, Robert Fischer talked to Napolitano at his home in Westlake Village, California, and also revisited some of the key locations of the film for this brand new documentary.
PURE CINEMA will first be released in France as part of Carlotta Film’s de luxe collector’s edition of BODY DOUBLE, available from 2 December.
There’s little doubt that, for the serious cinephile, the home video event of this fall will be the the release of Jacques Rivette’s magnum opus OUT 1 (1971) on blu-ray and DVD in three territories: Carlotta Films and Carlotta US will kick off on November 18 in France and the USA respectively, with Arrow Films in the UK following suit on November 30. All three dual-format editions will feature a brand-new Fiction Factory documentary: THE MYSTERIES OF PARIS: JACQUES RIVETTE’S “OUT 1″ REVISITED, conceived and directed by Robert Fischer and Wilfried Reichart.
In June 2015, forty-five years after OUT 1 was made, the filmmakers went to Paris to interview cast and crew members and to revisit some of the film’s most significant locations. THE MYSTERIES OF PARIS features new contributions from actors Bulle Ogier, Michael Lonsdale and Hermine Karagheuz, cinematographer Pierre-William Glenn, assistant director Jean-François Stévenin and producer Stéphane Tchal Gadjieff, but also rare archival interviews with actors Jacques Doniol-Valcroze and Michel Delahaye and, most prominently, illuminating statements by director Jacques Rivette himself from two different archival interviews. Running time is 110 minutes. Original title: LES MYSTÈRES DE PARIS: OUT 1 DE JACQUES RIVETTE REVISITÉ. Language: French with English subtitles.
Production just wrapped on Fiction Factory’s latest slate of documentaries: Last January, Robert Fischer went to Los Angeles to film interviews on two of Delmer Daves’s best Westerns, 3:10 TO YUMA (1957), starring Glenn Ford and Van Heflin, and COWBOY (1958), starring Ford and Jack Lemmon. Michael Daves, Delmer’s son, reminisces about his father in DELMER DAVES BY MICHAEL DAVES (two parts).
Phedon Papamichael, A.S.C., the award-winning cinematographer who lensed James Mangold’s 2007 YUMA remake starring Russell Crowe and Christian Bale, discusses both of these adaptations of a story by Elmore Leonard in THE SHADOWS OF NOIR.
Veteran cinematographer Richard H. Kline, A.S.C., who was an assistant cameraman on both of these Delmer Daves Westerns, talks about director of photography Charles Lawton, Jr., A.S.C., in CAPTURING THE WEST: A TRIBUTE TO CHARLES LAWTON, JR. BY RICHARD H. KLINE. Last but not least, Jan-Christopher Horak, author of the book »Saul Bass: Anatomy of Film Design«, analyzes Bass’s credit sequence for COWBOY in the documentary HOW TO BRAND A FILM: JAN-CHRISTOPHER HORAK ON SAUL BASS AND COWBOY. All coming to DVD and blu-ray later this spring.
Fiction Factory contributed two brand-new documentaries to the UK blu-ray release of director Norman Jewison’s sci-fi classic, ROLLERBALL (1975). The first is called THE FOURTH CITY: SHOOTING »ROLLERBALL« IN MUNICH and follows production manager Dieter Meyer as he revisits the original race track that, in the film, stood in for arenas in no less than three different cities: Madrid, Tokyo and New York.
For the second ROLLERBALL documentary from Fiction Factory, THE BIKE WORK, Robert Fischer visited stunt performer (and action film director) Craig R. Baxley in his California home and filmed his recollections about staging and performing some of the most spectacular motorcycle stunts in motion pictures of the seventies.
Both behind-the-scenes featurettes are included on Arrow Films’ blu-ray release of ROLLERBALL, available in the UK from 23 March.
Earlier this month, Robert Fischer talked to director/writer Volker Schlöndorff about his Brecht adaptation BAAL, filmed in 1969 for German television. After its initial airing in January 1970, BAAL was banned for 44 years by the Brecht estate and could not be seen until its revival — in a digitally restored version — at the Berlin film festival a year ago. Fischer’s 46-minute interview film with the director is called THE POET AND THE FILMMAKER and covers every phase in the making of BAAL, with special emphasis on Schlöndorff’s casting of fellow director Rainer Werner Fassbinder in the title role.
In a second video piece on BAAL, Fassbinder’s Danish friend and biographer Christian Braad Thomsen (whose own new documentary, FASSBINDER: TO LOVE WITHOUT DEMANDS, premiered this month at the Berlin film festival) talks about the strange link between Brecht and Fassbinder. It’s called SENSE AND REASON and is 10 minutes long. Both documentaries will be featured on Paris-based Carlotta Film’s DVD release of BAAL on May 6.
At Fiction Factory, postproduction has begun on new documentaries with director Ang Lee, writer-producer Jamnes Schamus and actor Mitchell Lichtenstein on the award-winning THE WEDDING BANQUET (1993) and other films in Lee’s »Father Knows Best« trilogy. The interviews were conducted and filmed by Robert Fischer two weeks ago in Manhattan and will be available in early 2015.
On December 1, Dalton Trumbo’s only film as a director, JOHNNY GOT HIS GUN, had its international blu-ray premiere in France. A week later, on December 9, Alejandro Amenábar’s first feature film TESIS was published on blu-ray in the USA. Both special editions include a Fiction Factory documentary as their main bonus feature: The box set (limited collector’s edition) of JOHNNY GOT HIS GUN has DALTON TRUMBO: REBEL IN HOLLYWOOD, and TESIS has TOUCHING DEATH: ALEJANDRO AMENÁBAR ON TESIS.
At Fiction Factory, post-production has just finished on the 72-minute documentary LAST OF THE INDEPENDENTS: DON SIEGEL AND THE MAKING OF »CHARLEY VARRICK«. Siegel’s classic crime thriller, made in 1972 in the wake of the immensely successful DIRTY HARRY, stars Walter Matthau in what is probably the actor’s finest dramatic role, airshow pilot turned crop duster turned bank robber turned mob target Charley Varrick. Taking the viewer back to the time of the shooting of this cult item are Siegel’s son, Kristoffer Tabori, actors Andy Robinson and Jacqueline Scott, stunt driver and actor Craig R. Baxley, composer Lalo Schifrin, and Howard A. Rodman, whose father co-wrote the screenplay. LAST OF THE INDEPENDENTS, directed by Robert Fischer, was shot last August in Los Angeles and will first be available as a bonus feature on Koch Media Germany’s blu-ray release of CHARLEY VARRICK, scheduled for early 2015. Other territories will hopefully follow.