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Memories such as these surrounding the filming of On the Beach on that "On the Beach is a story about the end of the world, and Melbourne sure is . hurdles - the acrimonious relationship that had developed with Nevil .. Unpublished review and critique of On the Beach, Millinocket, ME, USA, The Beach is a English-language drama thriller film directed by Danny Boyle and based One night, while the community are occupied, Françoise invites Richard to the beach where the relationship becomes romantic and they have sex. . Following shooting of the film, there was a clear flat area at one end of the. Richard, Sal, and Francoise in The Beach () How badly does a marriage have to end to send a guy into a delusional fantasy state to.
Daffy explains that he and other travelers settled there in secret several years earlier, but difficulties arose and he chose to leave. Daffy commits suicide, leaving Richard a map to the island. After getting locked out of his bungalow during a thunderstorm, Richard meets two American surfers who have heard rumors of the island, including huge amounts of cannabis supposedly growing there.
Before departing, Richard leaves them a copy of the map. After swimming to the island from a neighboring one, they find a large cannabis plantation guarded by armed Thai farmers. Avoiding detection, they make their way across the island and meet English cricket fan Keatey where they are welcomed and surprised to see a fully functioning community of travelers living on the island, totally in secret.
Sal, the community's English leader, explains that the farmers allow them to stay so long as they keep to themselves and do not allow any more travelers to come to the island but more travelers came over the years, evading the farmers and settling there. Richard lies that they have not shown the map to anyone else, which satisfies Sal.
The trio become integrated into the largely self-sufficient and leisurely community.
Tensions rise between Richard and Sal's South African boyfriend Bugs; when Richard gains popularity by killing a shark, Bugs mocks him over the shark's small size but Richard mocks him back for his jealousy. While there they encounter the American surfers Richard met in Ko Samui, who are preparing to search for the island and mention Richard's map. Richard lies to Sal that he did not give them a copy, and she coaxes him into having sex with her in exchange for keeping her secrecy about the incident.
Things return to normal until a shark attack kills one of the community's fishermen and leaves another, Christo, severely injured.
Sal refuses to compromise the community's secrecy by bringing medical help, and Christo is too traumatized to get into the sea and travel to the mainland. When the surfers from Ko Pha Ngan turn up on the neighboring island, Sal sees that they have a map, confronts Richard for lying about it, and orders him to camp alone to observe them until they cross over, then intercept them, send them away and destroy it.
Isolated from the group, Richard begins to lose his sanity, stalking the cannabis farmers, stealing some of their personal items while they sleep, and imagining that he is conversing with the deceased Daffy. The surfers reach the island but are discovered and killed by the farmers. The series of events propagated by Richard come to a head. He is captured by the farmers, who know that he has been stalking them, and brought before the community.
The farmers have also found the map that Richard had given the now dead surfers and become furious with the community for breaking their deal to not allow any more newcomers. Deeply concerned about the Cold War and the propagation of more and more powerful nuclear weapons, Nevil Shute Norway - recently inducted into the City of Frankston's Hall of Fame - wrote his best selling novel in at his majestic hilltop property in Robinson's Road near Langwarrin, Victoria. Shute tackled his story in a way that was unrealistic to many critics but strangely alluring.
His characters, right to the very end, go about behaving as though they are immortal, although subconsciously facing their inevitable doom. Shute's characterisation was based on his experiences during the WWII bombing raids in London and the stoicism and bravery demonstrated by Londoners.
This thing can happen to very good, serious, pleasant people. To create this dramatic impact, I created a set of characters who were better, pleasanter, and more meritorious than they would be in real life. Stanley Kramer was well known for tackling controversial motion pictures and subjects dominated by thoughtful and powerful messages. While many critics misunderstood his motives and dismissed his work as "self-righteous and self-congratulatory", Kramer rejected this criticism.
Believing very strongly in social conscience issues, Kramer used motion pictures as a weapon against discrimination, hatred, prejudice, greed and excessive power. Like most people, Kramer was acutely aware of the atomic hysteria so prevalent during the s: For a start, his backer United Artists didn't want anything to do with such a miserable scenario.
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They, and indeed most of Hollywood, thought he was mad. However before leaving for Australia, Kramer had to face two serious hurdles - the acrimonious relationship that had developed with Nevil Shute and the deep reluctance of the US Navy and Department of Defence to have anything to do with a film that questioned government policy and the national interest.
Ava Gardner, On the Beach Having paid Shute a fortune for the rights to the film, Kramer was under no obligation to involve the writer in screenplay development. But out of courtesy and believing Shute would be of assistance, Kramer sent the author an early version of writer John Paxton's script. It took three complete readings of Paxton's work before Shute totally dismissed the script, alleging significant variance from his book.
Shute deplored the 'Americanisation' of his work and suggested that cultural differences had influenced the 'bastardisation' of the script. However various issues in the book - such as euthanasia, public drunkenness and the implication of anarchy - had to be toned down at the behest of the Motion Picture Association of America MPAA and American League of Decency in accordance with the censorship regulations of the times.
When Kramer visited the writer at Langwarrin in NovemberKramer's driver recalled a massive argument taking place with Kramer storming off in complete exasperation. There is no doubt Shute was a very difficult man; even his family agree on that fact. His primary concern with the final script, even after Kramer had accommodated many changes, was Peck and Gardner's scene in the country hotel room and the implication of intimacy.
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This does not happen in the book - with Captain Towers remaining faithful to his dead wife right to the end. But in Kramer's view, this seemingly minor change was completely justified, given the depressing nature of the story. After attending a private preview of the film, Shute was morally outraged and subsequently boycotted the film's premiere at the Regent Theatre stating publicly that Kramer's production was by far the worst adaptation of any of his novels.
The critics uniformly agreed; Shute was clearly out of order in his scathing yet petty criticism. In displaying staunch opposition to Kramer's submission for assistance with the film's production, Kramer was told in no uncertain terms that such a notion was clearly incorrect; only million or so of the world's population would fall victim to the atomic blasts and fallout.
Responding with anger and incredulity, Kramer suggested that the prospect of over million fatalities seemed incentive enough for the Navy to support a film that warned of the dangers of nuclear weapons. After negotiations lasting many months, the US authorities refused to provide a nuclear submarine and have anything to do with the film on the basis that such a theme "does not meet the basic stipulation of Defence policy for cooperation, 'in the best interest of national defence and the public good'".
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Kramer countered by arguing that "this motion picture will not argue the right or wrong of the nation's nuclear policy. It will simply point out the possibility that the use of nuclear weapons in a war, by any nation, is a threat to the existence of all mankind.
Fortuitously though, Kramer and his team were unofficially allowed to visit the nuclear submarine USS Sargo at Pearl Harbour during which they meticulously documented and photographed the sub's command centre and quarters albeit under close supervision. So the interior scenes seen in the film, meticulously replicated by Kramer's production crew, was nothing but a shell held together by scaffold in the old Hall of Manufacturing at the Royal Melbourne Showgrounds.
The boat seen in the film was the British diesel submarine HMS Andrew, dressed up to look like a nuclear submarine, and on loan to the Australian Government which, incidentally, had no problem in giving Kramer the carrier HMAS Melbourne for several days at Williamstown. Filming on location in Australia was a big gamble for Kramer, but going to the source, in his words, "somehow gives you greater authenticity, a greater emotional impact and a feeling of total integrity.The Beach (4/5) Movie CLIP - Richard's Hallucination (2000) HD
And because the Australian film industry was in a state of decline, a great deal of bulky and expensive equipment had to be shipped in from California. Along with Kramer went many of his trusted Hollywood department heads from previous films who would soon whip into shape a contingent of Aussie actors and local production staff.
In addition to the five lead American actors, Kramer hired the cream of Australian actors, many of whom were former radio actors making the transition to television. To many people, the idea seemed totally inconceivable. But Kramer stuck to his guns and insisted Astaire was an excellent choice for the role.
Sir Laurence Oliver was at one stage considered as was Alec Guinness but with the latter indicating reservations about the motor racing aspects of the script, Astaire was offered the role in June