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Trailers from Hell: Alan Spencer on Pop-Eyed Brit Comic Marty Feldman's 'Last Remake of Beau Geste'

Photo of Trailers From Hell By Trailers From Hell | Thompson on Hollywood December 10, 2012 at 12:58PM

Marty Feldman Week! begins at Trailers from Hell with TV writer Alan Spencer introducing "The Last Remake of Beau Geste," which was so drastically re-cut by the studio before its release that Feldman rejected a positive New York Times review, writing the critic and telling him he was wrong.
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"The Last Remake of Beau Geste"
"The Last Remake of Beau Geste"

Marty Feldman Week! begins at Trailers from Hell with TV writer Alan Spencer introducing "The Last Remake of Beau Geste," which was so drastically re-cut by the studio before its release that Feldman rejected a positive New York Times review, writing the critic and telling him he was wrong.

Pop-eyed Brit comic Marty Feldman directs and stars in this wacky spoof chosen from a list of titles to which Universal owned the remake rights. Taken away from him and completely recut by the studio, it nevertheless ended up a critical and financial success. When the New York Times published a rave review, Feldman wrote a long letter to the critic telling him he was wrong. Apologies for the low picture quality of this transfer.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.