20. The Other John Barry

John Barry is a deeply respected set designer, responsible for the Korova Milk Bar in A Clockwork Orange, the cantina in Star Wars, and the Fortress of Solitude in Superman, among other starkly original film locales. But when it came time to make his own film, Saturn 3, things fell apart.

The setup for Saturn 3 is fine: Farrah Fawcett and Kirk Douglas are a May-December Adam and Eve in space. Then Harvey Keitel arrives. With a clumsy robot.

John Barry escaped from Saturn 3 just in time to work on the sequel to Star WarsThe Empire Strikes Back. But from there, his story took a tragic turn.

Show Notes

Books

Film Design Terence St. John Marner, Michael Stringer Tantivy Press, 1974

British Film Culture in the 1970s By Sue Harper, Justin Smith · 2013

The Man from Krypton: A Closer Look at Superman by Glenn Yeffeth

Magazines

Brosnan, John (July 1980). “Saturn 3”. Starbust Magazine. No. 23. p. 12.

Brender, Alan (April 1980). “Saturn 3”. Starlog. p. 17.

Crawley, Tony (March 1980). “Saturn 3”. Starburst. p. 28-33.

Websites

The Making of Saturn 3 http://makingofsaturn3.com

Web of Stories – Billy Williams Interview http://webofstories.com/story/search?q=billy+williams

Roger Christian’s website http://rogerchristian.ca/

 

17. A Not So New Hope

Patrick Read Johnson first wrapped on his autobiographical film 5-25-77 back in 2004. The title refers to the day Star Wars was released and how it changed his life. In the years since then he’s be working to get the picture finished his own way. In 2019 he’s almost there.

 

Show Notes

Articles

HEARTS OF DORKNESS: PATRICK READ JOHNSON ON THE STAR WARS TRIBUTE FILM THAT CONSUMED HIS LIFE – Max Every, 2013. http://www.mtv.com/news/2771010/star-wars-5-25-77-interview/

………………………………………………………………………… Cover Art by Kat Manderfield http://katmanderfield.com

Music by Jeremy Blake and the 126ers.

Watch the trailer for 5-25-77