FILM TALK is an online film journal which primarily focuses on interviews with accomplished actors, actresses and filmmakers who explain in their own words why movies are always magical. With their background, experience in front or behind the camera, their point of view, as well as their work, persistence, passion, patience, creative ideas, inspiration, talent, devotion and dedication to their particular craft in both the world of movies and the process of filmmaking, along with the way they collaborate on the set of their movies with other multitalented and noted craftsmen, we hope to give you an idea how their brilliant minds function in order to bring all the magic up there on the silver screen. They all have the incredible distinction of broadening the film horizon of millions of people around the globe by showing them what film can do and what the possibilities of film are. Their contribution to the most popular art form since the early 1900s is precious and invaluable, and that’s why we’re happy to that we have only one goal: to promote film, and all those wonderful and talented people involved, to the best of our abilities.
This is a non-profit, non-commercial and ad-free film journal without any kind of financial support from funds or sponsors – which makes this website strictly a labor of love.
All articles are written by Leo Verswijver, who has been writing film reviews and essays, and did interviews for various film periodicals and journals for the past four decades. He also edits this film website.
© 1986-2017 Leo Verswijver | filmtalk.org | All rights reserved.
“Movies Were Always Magical”: Interviews with 19 Actors, Directors, and Producers from the Hollywood of the 1930s through the 1950s (Leo Verswijver; foreword by Ronnie Pede)
This work is a compilation of interviews with 19 film actors, directors and producers who were all part of the studio system that made mid-century Hollywood such a powerful and illustrious city. Each of the celebrities interviewed for this work have made lasting contributions to the film industry, and some of them continue to do so. Pat Boone, Jeff Corey, Kathryn Grayson, Beverly Garland, Samuel Goldwyn Jr., Jane Greer, Stanley Kramer, Janet Leigh, Joan Leslie, Sheree North, Janis Paige, Luise Rainer, Paula Raymond, John Saxon, Vincent Sherman, Robert Wise, Jane Withers, Jane Wyatt and Fred Zinnemann speak candidly about their work and experiences in Hollywood and share many of their memories. Each interview is followed by a complete filmography, giving such information as the U.S. distributor, year of release, director, producer, screenwriter, editor, composer, running time, and the cast for each film.
[Interviews with Pat Boone, Jeff Corey, Kathryn Grayson, Beverly Garland, Samuel Goldwyn Jr., Jane Greer, Stanley Kramer, Janet Leigh, Joan Leslie, Sheree North, Janis Paige, Luise Rainer, Paula Raymond, John Saxon, Vincent Sherman, Robert Wise, Jane Withers, Jane Wyatt, Fred Zinnemann]
Softcover – 254 pp., index – Dimensions 25,5 x 17,5 cm (10 x 7 inch) – Weight 487 g (17,2 oz) – PUBLISHER McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, Jefferson, North Carolina, 2003 – ISBN 0-7864-1129-5
Most of the stills used here on this website are my own. They are publicity stills from the archive I have compiled over the past four decades which also incorporates countless of black and white stills from various other film archives, including a small portion of the Marvin Paige Motion Picture and Television Archive. Film wise, casting director Marvin Paige (1927-2013) was always my partner in crime, always very supportive, and he introduced me to numerous Hollywood celebrities. On top of that, he gave me unlimited access to his archive, worldwide known as the Marvin Paige Motion Picture and Television Archive. I will always be grateful for his support on my behalf in the final ten years of his life that I was privileged to know him personally. It was an honor to be included in his inner circle of friends. Our numerous meetings in Los Angeles and endless phone calls are memories that I will cherish very dearly, always in gratitude and with deep respect.
There may also be stills of mine that could be public domain. But as we all know, in the free-wheeling world of the internet, those matters are not always very crystal clear. This website is intended to promote movies and movie people and to share all of that with anyone out there who might be interested in reading it. I am extremely careful and cautious with all the photo material that you will find here. Nevertheless, if you still might see any images you own (copyright) and / or you think they should not be here, please email us immediately at firstname.lastname@example.org and the offending image will be promptly removed upon your request.