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Good and bad memories of The King


The King
Michael Chapman Film-maker
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You know, I haven't seen it in so long I can't remember much about it except it was in... made in Georgia in the summer and it was hideously hot... hideously, hideously hot, and... and not only hot but humid, and much of it took place in... as... you know, as historically it should, in churches in the black... various black communities of, in reality, Alabama, but in this case made in Georgia, and the sort of... oh I don't want to say, but let's say... not absolutely first-class producers talked the... the black communities of these towns into being extras and coming and being in these scenes and very many scenes in churches where... where King would be talking to them, and where the civil rights movement kind of coalesced, and of course we would have to... oh, 85 the windows or black out the windows and light through the windows and it would be... you know, it would be 130 degrees in there and people would be passing out and these poor local people had to come in ties and coats and... you know, dressed up as if for their Sunday best because it was just awful, awful, and the producers tried to save money by cheesing on the air conditioning, and people were passing out, and it was just... it was the... there was this sort of dark underside of movies that comes out – fairly often, actually.

Michael Chapman (1935-2020), an American cinematographer, had a huge influence on contemporary film-making, working on an impressive array of classic films including 'Taxi Driver', 'Raging Bull', 'The Lost Boys' and 'The Fugitive'.

Listeners: Glen Ade Brown

British Director of Photography and Camera Operator Glen Ade Brown settled in Los Angeles 10 years ago.

He has been working on features, commercials and reality TV. He played an instrumental role in the award-winning ABC Family series "Switched" and is also a recipient of the Telly and the Cine Golden Eagle awards for Best Cinematography. He was recently signed by the Judy Marks Agency and is now listed in her commercial roster.

Tags: The King, Georgia, Alabama

Duration: 1 minute, 26 seconds

Date story recorded: May 2004

Date story went live: 24 January 2008