Kenneth Turan's film pick of the week: 'Something's Gonna Live'
If you care about the great days of Hollywood past — and how could you not — its hard to resist "Something's Gonna Live," a charming new documentary that plays for a week starting Friday at the Music Hall in Beverly Hills.
Directed by Daniel Raim, who was Oscar nominated for his short "The Man on Lincoln's Nose," this film is constructed as a series of conversations and reminiscences among some of the grand old men of the visual side of motion pictures: production designers Robert Boyle, Henry Bumstead and Albert Nozaki, illustrator Harold Michelson and cinematographers Conrad Hall and Haskell Wexler.
There is something of the home movie about this film, but that is overcome by the grace, generosity and wisdom of its participants. It's wonderful, for example, to return to Bodega Bay in Northern California with Boyle and Michelson as they reminiscence about making "The Birds" with Alfred Hitchcock. Except for Wexler, all these men are now gone, and they are missed.
— Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times film critic
Photo: Veteran production designers Henry Bumstead, left, Albert Nozaki and Robert Boyle revisit the Paramount backlot. Credit: Haskell Wexler.