Before you buy your tickets at the box office, before you take a seat in a dimly lit theatre, and before you dig into your bucket of popcorn, check out these rare snaps from the sets of cinema favourites like Jaws, Star Wars, and more! Go back in time with these classics and oldies for Midweek Movies!
Let’s begin with every beachcomber’s nightmare: Jaws. Crew members chill with the robotic Great White shark in between takes of Steven Spielberg’s thriller. (Read more in Behind the Scenes: Jaws, 1975)
If you’d rather be a hopeless romantic than lost at sea, then these love stories might be for you. Catch Tony Curtis and Marilyn Monroe in Some Like It Hot and Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh in Gone with the Wind. If you want to feel true physical and emotional tragedy, then see Titanic.
Game for adventure and action? Here’s Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson going through the script with Gandalf himself, and Superman taking flight with the help of rigs and cranes.
Take a trip back to your childhood with these BTS shots of Sesame Street, Ghostbusters, and Back to the Future!
Get freaked with Anthony Hopkins and director Jonathan Demme in Silence of the Lambs, or the original Planet of the Apes from 1968. (Humans really did evolve from monkeys. Look at that cameraman!)
Above, a young Natalie Portman learns how to shoot for 1994’s Léon: The Professional, probably to learn how to ward off…
Robocop and Alien? Look at all that heavy machinery!
And for all the Star Wars fans out there, here is the epic opening sequence for The Empire Strikes Back being filmed as the text rolls by, and Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) and Kenny Baker (R2-D2) hanging out while shooting the 1977 sci-fi episode.
Isn’t it like having an all-access pass to movie sets? ;-)
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