|Holland Releasing's FLASH GORDON Screens at Art Director's Salute|
May 05, 2009
HOLLAND RELEASING'S "FLASH GORDON'S ROCKETSHIP" TO BE SCREENED FOR ART DIRECTORS GUILD SALUTE AT HOLLYWOOD'S EGYPTIAN THEATRE
LOS ANGELES, May 5, 2009 -- The Art Directors Guild (ADG) Film Society and
American Cinematheque (AC) will honor Art Directors/Production Designers Ralph
Berger and Danilo Donati with a screening of their 1936 and 1980 versions of Flash
Gordon, respectively. These films will be shown Sunday, May 24, at 5:30 pm at the
Egyptian Theatre (6712 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood), the third of this year’s
screening series focusing on specific genres of narrative storytelling. Steve Berger, son
of Ralph Berger and a panel of industry professionals will be present to discuss the
remarkable achievements of both designers. Production Designer John Muto will
moderate this panel discussion.
Based on the celebrated 1930s science fiction comic strip, both scripted and drawn by
Alex Raymond, the plot follows the adventures of Flash Gordon, Dale Arden and
Professor Zarkov, as they travel to the planet Mongo where they battle the tyrant, Ming
the Merciless, to save the Earth. The 1936 version of Flash Gordon was written and
directed by Frederick Stephani and stars Jean Rogers, Charles Middleton and Buster
Crabbe as Flash Gordon. Directed by Mike Hodges and written by Lorenzo Semple, the
1980 version stars Melody Anderson, Max Von Sydow and Sam J. Jones as Flash.
Beginning with Raymond’s comic strip of the 1930s, followed by three serials and
eventually the feature film, Flash Gordon also became a radio serial, a series of “Big
Little” books, television series, comic book series, and a magazine.
Academy Award® nominated Art Director Ralph Berger designed such films as White
Zombie (1932), Back to Bataan (1945), Dick Tracy (1945), Without Reservations (1946)
and Forever, Darling (1956). He was nominated for an Academy Award® for his work on
the western, Silver Queen (1942). One-time head of the Desilu art department, Berger
was the supervising Art Director on a number of television series including I Love Lucy,
Our Miss Brooks, and December Bride, and won two Emmy Awards® for his work in
Shower of Stars (1954) and Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse (1958).
A giant of Italian cinema design, Danilo Donati was Production Designer, Costume
Designer, and Decorator of the 1980 version of Flash Gordon, and designed both
settings and costumes for such films as Amarcord (1973), Red Sonja (1985), Life is
Beautiful (1997) and Roma (1972). For his costume design, Donati won two Academy
Awards®, for Romeo and Juliet (1968) and Fellini’s Casanova (1976), and was
nominated three other times. His Flash Gordon was nominated for the British Academy
of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) award for both art direction and costume design.
Representing the ADG are President Thomas A. Walsh, and Production Designer John
Muto. Working with them are the American Cinematheque’s Gwen Deglise and Chris D.
The series is in part sponsored by trade publication Below The Line. General admission:
$10. American Cinematheque members: $7. Students/Seniors with valid ID: $8. All
screenings start at 5:30 p.m. 24-hour ticket information is available at 323-466-FILM