History Trivia / TheBlueBird

25th Feb '17 6:31:39 PM TheGreenHerring
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** The first problem was that the U.S. side originally promised the participation of Creator/MarlonBrando (in what role, it isn't known), but he backed out. This was resolved amicably when Creator/ElizabethTaylor was brought in to play ''four'' parts, though her attempt to get Music/DavidBowie in the cast (probably as Fire) didn't pan out once he read the script; for that matter, Creator/KatherineHepburn and Creator/ShirleyMacLaine also backed out of the film by the time it was set to go.

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** The first problem was that the U.S. side originally promised the participation of Creator/MarlonBrando (in what role, it isn't known), but he backed out. This was resolved amicably when Creator/ElizabethTaylor was brought in to play ''four'' parts, though her attempt to get Music/DavidBowie in the cast (probably as Fire) didn't pan out once he read the script; for that matter, Creator/KatherineHepburn Creator/KatharineHepburn and Creator/ShirleyMacLaine also backed out of the film by the time it was set to go.
15th Oct '16 3:34:04 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* BillingDisplacement: Tyltyl and Mytyl (Todd Lookinland and Patsy Kensit) are billed ninth and tenth in the opening credits, and after the title to boot. Moreover, while Elizabeth Taylor's top billing makes sense (given her LoadsAndLoadsOfRoles and their relevance to the plot), and U.S. viewers of the time would certainly recognize her fellow American actresses in important supporting roles, the four Russian performers credited before the title all play ''much'' smaller roles. (Oleg Popov, as "The Clown" at the Palace of Luxury, is just TheCameo played up because he was the star of the Moscow Circus.) Given the nature of the production, this was probably mandated so that the Russian side of it would not be marginalized.

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* BillingDisplacement: Tyltyl and Mytyl (Todd Lookinland and Patsy Kensit) are billed ninth and tenth in the opening credits, and after the title to boot. Moreover, while Elizabeth Taylor's Creator/ElizabethTaylor's top billing makes sense (given her LoadsAndLoadsOfRoles and their relevance to the plot), and U.S. viewers of the time would certainly recognize her fellow American actresses in important supporting roles, the four Russian performers credited before the title all play ''much'' smaller roles. (Oleg Popov, as "The Clown" at the Palace of Luxury, is just TheCameo played up because he was the star of the Moscow Circus.) Given the nature of the production, this was probably mandated so that the Russian side of it would not be marginalized.



* PlayingAgainstType: Shirley Temple playing a girl who starts out as outspoken and spiteful and gradually learns her lesson was something audiences were not comfortable with.
* TroubledProduction: On the American side, several of the actresses caused problems ranging from illness (Elizabeth Taylor) to a feud with the director (Cicely Tyson), while on the Russian side the crew and equipment weren't up to the technical standards the production needed. The translators weren't skillful enough to bridge the language gap, the American and Russian composers hired couldn't agree on the musical style to use for the songs, etc.

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* PlayingAgainstType: Shirley Temple Creatpr/ShirleyTemple playing a girl who starts out as outspoken and spiteful and gradually learns her lesson was something audiences were not comfortable with.
* TroubledProduction: On This was a much-ballyhooed family musical, the first-ever cinematic co-production between the United States and the U.S.S.R. An AllStarCast of mostly American actors had the lead roles while respected director George Cukor helmed the project, shooting in Russia.
** The first problem was that the U.S. side originally promised the participation of Creator/MarlonBrando (in what role, it isn't known), but he backed out. This was resolved amicably when Creator/ElizabethTaylor was brought in to play ''four'' parts, though her attempt to get Music/DavidBowie in the cast (probably as Fire) didn't pan out once he read the script; for that matter, Creator/KatherineHepburn and Creator/ShirleyMacLaine also backed out of the film by the time it was set to go.
** The real trouble started in Russia. The Russian studio and crew were far behind the curve of
the American side, several of talent (they had to replace the actresses caused problems ranging from illness (Elizabeth Taylor) to cinematographer because he'd ''never shot a feud with film in color'') and the director (Cicely Tyson), while on the Russian side the crew and equipment weren't up to the technical standards the production needed. The on-set translators weren't skillful enough up to bridge the language gap, task of making sure both sides could communicate clearly. Leading ladies Taylor, Creator/JaneFonda and Cicely Tyson all caused unique sets of problems: Taylor fell ill with amoebic dysentery, Fonda wouldn't stop chatting up the crew about politics, and Tyson warred with the director (among other things, she couldn't get proper lighting with a Caucasian woman serving as her stand-in). The American and Russian composers hired argued over the direction the score should take, James Coco (cast as Tylo the dog) dropped out in mid-shoot when he suffered a gallbladder attack, the filmmakers couldn't agree on the musical style find real bluebirds to use or import for the songs, etc.title figure and resorted to dyeing ''pigeons'' (and their handlers were actually accused of '''eating''' some of them), etc. The resultant $12 million film was so bad that it tanked instantly; in the U.S. it still hasn't had a legit video release after 35+ years, and the financial figures related to it were rendered a '''state secret''' in Russia.
** George Cukor told the Soviet studio head how honored he was to be filming in the same studio where Sergei Eisenstein had filmed ''Film/TheBattleshipPotemkin'' in 1925. "Yes," said the studio head, "and with the very same equipment."
24th Dec '15 3:03:51 PM youfeelingluckypunk27
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* PlayingAgainstType: Shirley Temple playing a girl who starts out as outspoken and spiteful and gradually learns her lesson was something audiences were not comfortable with.
5th Nov '15 12:16:50 AM PaulA
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* BillingDisplacement: Tyltyl and Mytyl (Todd Lookinland and Patsy Kensit) are billed ninth and tenth in the opening credits, and after the title to boot. Moreover, while Elizabeth Taylor's top billing makes sense (given her LoadsAndLoadsOfRoles and their relevance to the plot), and U.S. viewers of the time would certainly recognize her fellow American actresses in important supporting roles, the four Russian performers credited before the title all play ''much'' smaller roles. (Oleg Popov, as "The Clown" at the Palace of Luxury, is just TheCameo played up because he was the star of the Moscow Circus.) Given the nature of the production, this was probably mandated so that the Russian side of it would not be marginalized.
6th Oct '14 2:21:49 PM margdean56
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* AllStarCast: Both on the American and Russian sides of the equasion, but this does mean some BillingDisplacement.

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* AllStarCast: Both on the American and Russian sides of the equasion, equation, but this does mean some BillingDisplacement.
28th Apr '14 2:23:27 PM Sapphirea2
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* AllStarCast: Both on the American and Russian sides of the equasion, but this does mean some...

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* AllStarCast: Both on the American and Russian sides of the equasion, but this does mean some...some BillingDisplacement.
28th Apr '14 2:18:43 PM Sapphirea2
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* AllStarCast: Both on the American and Russian sides of the equasion, but this does mean some...



* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: No legit U.S. video release as yet, and unscreened on television for 20+ years before Fall 2011, when Fox Movie Channel began occasionally airing it.

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* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: No legit U.S. video release as yet, and unscreened on television for 20+ years before Fall 2011, when Fox Movie Channel (now FX Movies) began occasionally airing it.
13th Apr '13 7:56:40 AM Sapphirea2
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* TheOtherMarty: Shooting started with James Coco as Tylo, but he suffered a gallbladder attack and was replaced with George Cole.
25th Oct '12 12:40:17 PM Sapphirea
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!!!1976 version
* BoxOfficeBomb: Grossed less than $1 million in the U.S. against a $12 million budget. Financial figures for the production became a '''state secret''' in Russia!
* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: No legit U.S. video release as yet, and unscreened on television for 20+ years before Fall 2011, when Fox Movie Channel began occasionally airing it.
* TroubledProduction: On the American side, several of the actresses caused problems ranging from illness (Elizabeth Taylor) to a feud with the director (Cicely Tyson), while on the Russian side the crew and equipment weren't up to the technical standards the production needed. The translators weren't skillful enough to bridge the language gap, the American and Russian composers hired couldn't agree on the musical style to use for the songs, etc.
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