John Huston and a battle over Technicolor.

Since today is the birthday of John Huston, I want to take a moment and and share one of my favorite stories about the man. (Credit where it's due, I first heard this years ago in the excellent TNT produced documentary "John Huston: The Man, the Movies, the Maverick".)
Huston was shooting the 1952 film "Moulin Rouge" starring Jose Ferrer as the famed French painter, Toulouse-Lautrec.
And during the shoot, Huston and his DP, Oswald Morris used various techniques to make the film look like 
Toulouse-Lautrec's artwork. Heavy use of smoke, various filters, etc.
The story is that when Huston showed the dailies to the representatives from Technicolor who was supervising the production on their behalf, they were appalled.
"Mr Huston, you are ruining the Technicolor process and if you continue in this way, we cannot guarantee the quality."
Well, Huston turned to Morris and said "Well, Ozzie.  What do you think?"
Morris replied "Well, I disagree John.  I think we're getting some great stuff here."
"I agree" and then he turned to the Technicolor representatives and said " And so gentlemen, fuck you!".

The proof is in the pudding.

 Happy Birthday, you awesome old bastard!


Posted on August 5, 2014 and filed under Filmmaking, Movies.