Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Roddy McDowall's home movie from The Planet Of The Apes

By most accounts, when Roddy McDowall appeared on The Carol Burnett Show in full Planet Of The Apes (1968) makeup, the host was genuinely frightened, a testament to the extraordinary work of legendary, Academy Award® winning makeup artist John Chambers – who as Ben Affleck's Argo (2012) reveals, also did work for the CIA. The character actor McDowall spent a good portion of his film career in makeup, most memorably as the characters Cornelius, Caesar, and Galen on the Planet Of The Apes series. A home movie buff and photographer, McDowall documented the lengthy process of his Apes' makeup, applied here by artist Don Cash and his assistants.

Shot and edited by McDowall, and set to excerpts from the dramatic Jerry Goldsmith film score, the footage also includes a quick shot of Maurice Evans in the first minute, gamely smoking a cigarette in full Dr. Zaius makeup.

The Planet Of The Apes franchise is one of the most successful and long running science fiction series of all time. Adapted from a 1963 novel by French writer Pierre Boulle, the original 1968 film spawned four sequels, Tim Burton's 2001 remake, the 2011 prequel Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, its sequel Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) and War Of The Planet Of The Apes, which is out in cinemas now.

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