Monday, January 16, 2012

The NJNM Podcast: Ep. 73 - The Towering Inferno (Guest: Mike Eisenberg from The Movie Mash)

In this week's episode, Tyler and Ben are joined by Mike Eisenberg (from The Movie Mash) to discuss John Guillermin's 1974 film, The Towering Inferno.

Character Name Game Intro - 4:50

Media Consumed
"Napoleon Dynamite" cartoon on FOX - 5:23
Shadow Dancer: Secret of Shinobi - 11:00
Punisher: War Zone - 14:12

The Grey - 16:05
"Reno: 911!" - 22:25

The Outsiders - 24:35

The Towering Inferno - 29:40

Next Time: Hard Target - 1:24:40
Listener E-mail/Voicemail/Twitter - 1:29:13
Character Name Game - 1:31:00
Where You Can Find Us - 1:33:45


Cruz said...

Hey bungholes SHOOTER was pretty good. Get off it's jock for real.

Good stuff: 911 talk. Always topical. Reckless driving in Chicago. Hilarious

Bad Stuff: Bad Mike Kane jokes. Stop it!

Anyways, back to my previal point, about SHOOTER, MY SHOOTER being good. If redheads were ever gonna look good in movies, that was their only shot.

Keep up the good work. - Cruz de la Robertson

Anonymous said...

Hey Guys, first time at your site and just wanted to give a shout out to let you know how much I enjoyed getting your take on the best disaster epic of the seventies: The Towering Inferno.

For what it’s worth, I thought I’d toss a bit of T.I. trivia your way:

The fictional Glass Tower was made up of several parts. Here are a few:

A 70 foot ‘miniature’ model of the tower.
A five story (full scale) section of the exterior of the Tower (with Scenic Elevator)
The front entrance of the Bank of America building in San Francisco stood in for the Tower’s main entrance.
The interior atrium of the Hyatt Regency in San Francisco stood in for the Tower’s atrium.

There were no “digital” effects possible at the time that Towering Inferno was made. The shot at the beginning when you first see the fictional Glass Tower in the San Francisco skyline was an actually an optical composite shot. What the hell is that? - In this case, the 70 foot miniature Glass Tower model (along with the Peerless Building miniature model adjacent to the Glass Tower) was photographed on one piece of film and then optically printed (composited/inserted) into a shot of the S.F. skyline.

John Guillermin directed all of the scenes involving actors and story. Irwin Allen Directed all of the big action scenes involving fire, water, and stunt work. There were also two separate Directors of Photography working with each director. John Guillermin also directed 1976 remake of King Kong with Jessica Lange and Jeff Bridges.

There were Between 57 to 65 sets constructed for the movie. Three sets were still standing when principle photography was completed. At the time Towering Inferno was shot, Young Frankenstein was also being shot on the Warner Brothers Lot. Apparently, the cast and crew of Young Frankenstein would come and watch the crazy scenes being shot next store on The Towering Inferno sets.

Anyhow, Keep up the good work! Dig the show.

Scott C

Anonymous said...

Oh, and yep, The Towering Inferno is available in on Blu Ray and the transfer is first rate.

Highly recommended.