REAL LIFE

“Real Life”

A film by Albert Brooks

Episode Air Date: March 23, 1979

Podcast Date: 2016.09.11

 

EPISODE SUMMARY

A pushy, narcissistic filmmaker persuades a Phoenix family to let him and his crew film their everyday lives, in the manner of the ground-breaking PBS series "An American Family". However, instead of remaining unobtrusive and letting the family be themselves, he can't keep himself from trying to control every facet of their lives "for the good of the show".

- Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

CLIPS

Clip 1:

Begin:10:32 "hello

End: 11:25 "let's go inside."

Clip 2:

Begin: 15:01 " while the testing continued"

End: 17:09 we have four of those"

Clip 3:

Begin: 1:02:11 "I'd like to get back to something ann said.."

End: 1:04:33 "where's Nicholson!"

OBJECTIVES

To marvel at the prescience of Albert Brooks to predict the reality tV craze we “Enjoy” today.

Calls into question why we film anything? The mete-filming (the filming of that filmin) always struck me as a joke at the expense of film in general.

I love when actors play themselves...not sure why, but this always makes me smile a little bit...it’s a fourth wall break but somehow enhances the reality being created.

TRIVIA

One of the reasons Albert Brooks wanted to cast Charles Grodin as the father was because of Grodin's work on Candid Camera (1972). Brooks felt that Grodin would look like he wasn't acting, because on the TV show he had to fool ordinary people into believing that he wasn't acting.

In the first production meeting scene, producer Martin Brand rattles off some possible big-name stars that could be recruited to star in the reality movie: "Where the hell's Paul Newman? Where's [Robert Redford]? Where's [Jack Nicholson]? . . . " He then suggests that the movie would make more money with Neil Diamond as the "star". A producer actually suggested Diamond for the Travis Bickle role in Taxi Driver (1976) (in which Albert Brooks had a supporting role).

The final scene took three days to film due to constant noise from planes flying overhead. The soundstage was near the Van Nuys Airport.

Albert Brooks was under a great deal of pressure to finish the film on-budget, because he would have been personally responsible for any extra costs. During one particularly difficult filming day, he sat feeling totally dejected. Charles Grodin walked up to him and said, "I have to leave at 4." This totally ridiculous request was sufficient to cheer Brooks up.

Charles H. Reid, who plays the assistant surgeon, was a real veterinarian who provided the horse that appears in the film.

The film is based on An American Family (1973).

The role-reversal family is played by the real family of Clifford Einstein, the older brother of 'Albert Brooks (I)'.

 

Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.

 

CAST

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:

 

Dick Haymes

...

Councilman Harris

 

Albert Brooks

...

Albert Brooks

 

Matthew Tobin

...

Dr. Howard Hill

 

J.A. Preston

...

Dr. Ted Cleary

 

Joseph Schaffler

...

Paul Lowell

 

Phyllis Quinn

...

Donna Stanley

 

James Ritz

...

Jack from Cincinnati

 

Clifford Einstein

...

Role Reversal Family Member

 

Harry Einstein

...

Role Reversal Family Member

 

Mandy Einstein

...

Role Reversal Family Member

 

Karen Einstein

...

Role Reversal Family Member

 

James L. Brooks

...

Driving Evaluator

 

Zeke Manners

...

Driver

 

Charles Grodin

...

Warren Yeager

 

Frances Lee McCain

...

Jeannette Yeager

 

OUTRO

Thanks for joining us on this episode of How Original Podcast: Sunday Reviews.

 

Join us next week as we broadcast live on Mixlr! If you’d like to join live on the next show, head over to Mixlr.com/howoriginalpodcast. Click that follow button to get notifications when we go live. You can join us in the chat and let us know your thoughts, live, on the air.

 

If you enjoyed Joe and I rambling, please give us a five-star review on iTunes!

 

You can find us on Twitter at @kyledempster7, @JoePancake and @HowOriginalPod.

 

You can also subscribe to our calendar so you know when to tune into the show! Just got to http://bit.ly/HOPCal

 

Send us your vote for the next episode we review to howoriginalpodcast@gmail.com.


Next week’s episode is: Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, S1E1.

Until next week!