We can laugh about it now


I seriously dig the use of the word “appealingly” in the opening text crawl. It’s in perfect English otherwise, so I’m envisaging some hapless, perspiring translator being forced to use this word by producers, even as he tries to persuade them it’s not, perhaps, the absolute best choice.

The sample (dubbed) dialogue is also inspiring, and the snappy exclamations superimposed over explosions. “This could happen to you,” is my favourite, although I doubt the Cukor reference is intentional.

I have no doubt that THE LAST WAR is a sincere attempt to raise awareness of a terrible threat while raising money for Toho. And there’s also a slight sense that by 1961, Godzilla had lost his edge slightly. “Our deterrent lacks credibility!” cried the execs. “Maybe we should try destroying cities and landmarks without a giant lizard? Could that work?”

Even the phrase “employing every vestige of our technical skill” somehow lacks confidence.

“We, Toho Pictures, are in a better position than any other production company to make a film such as this. We have a long and successful history of blowing shit up. ”

Many thanks to Glenn Erickson for pointing this one out via his great DVDSavant.

13 Responses to “We can laugh about it now”

  1. I’m reminded of all the film theory pieces I’ve read that make Godzilla = The Bomb, and wondering how they would parse this particular piece of work….

  2. I think they would say “We told you so!”

    Remove Godzilla, replace with bomb, result = pretty much the same. Many models destroyed.

  3. Whoopee! I go read it!

  4. That’s lovely. It’s great to see him getting this kind of attention, and sounding so upbeat. A year or so ago it seemed like he was about to wither from lack of nourishment.

    I’d be very interested in a comedy from him: he has both warmth and deep reserves of bitterness, ot of which can be useful, and his precise framing could be a boon — there are so few comedies that exploit the frame for humour. Certainly not in British cinema.

  5. Well he’s upbeat cause he’s got a boyfriend now. And yes for all his gloo and doom he has a very refined sense of funny and his talents would be put to great use in a sophisticated comedy.

  6. Trailer for Of Time and the City:

  7. Or even a low comedy: Julian and Sandy Get Laid would be a welcome addition to his CV. Or maybe that’s going too far?

  8. Alas there’s only one Kenneth Williams and he’s no longer available.

  9. This is true. When Frears was asked why Williams didn’t appear as a character in his Joe Orton film, he asked “Well, who could you possibly get to play him?” but in fact there have been some very good impersonations over the years. It’s never the quite same as the real thing, of course — while an actor playing Williams can amaze you with how like Williams he can be, only Williams can amaze you with how unlike anything you ever saw he is.

  10. Kenneth Connor was quite a funny character too.

  11. I’m not AS keen on Connor, but he was versatile and spirited, in the best Carry On tradition. I just found some extracts from A Show Called Fred on YouTube and he appears in them, I think.

  12. David E I enjoyed your interview very much. Everybody at EIFF said that Davies was lovely when he came.

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