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Trailers from Hell: Bernard Rose on Ken Russell's 'Billion Dollar Brain,' Starring Michael Caine and Karl Malden

Photo of Trailers From Hell By Trailers From Hell | Thompson on Hollywood October 18, 2013 at 1:52PM

Back to the Sixties! concludes at Trailers from Hell, with director Bernard Rose introducing 1967's "Billion Dollar Brain," helmed by arthouse fave Ken Russell ("The Devils," "Tommy").
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Billion Dollar Brain

Back to the Sixties! concludes at Trailers from Hell, with director Bernard Rose introducing 1967's "Billion Dollar Brain," helmed by arthouse fave Ken Russell ("The Devils," "Tommy").

After producing the first two Harry Palmer movies to provide a more realistic, intellectual alternative to his cartoonish James Bond series, producer Harry Saltzman “Bonded” it up for this third entry after THE IPCRESS FILE and FUNERAL IN BERLIN. Although a troubled production with BIG SLEEP-level plot complications and an unlikely director in Russell, it’s considered the liveliest of the Palmer series. Magnetic leading lady Francoise Dorleac (Catherine Deneuve’s sister) was killed in an car accident soon after filming completed.

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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.