May 23, 2016

No One Speaks the Same Language: Cannon Films

This month we're going to be talking a lot about Cannon films, as Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films was largely the inspiration for this month's theme. Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus were the two top filmmakers in Israel in the 60s. One day they wondered "If we can do this here, can we do this in Hollywood?" and set out to do that the best way they knew how. But two men who grew up loving Hollywood films and making their names producing exceptionally popular films in their home country are bound to work through some strange filters when making films for US audiences. (Though, the strangeness of their films are also due to the haste in which they were made and the egos that made Golan and Globus as successful as the were.) But frankly, that strangeness worked well for them for a surprising amount of time. Don't take our word for it though, watch the documentary Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films and see for yourself. (And know that while the filmmakers were getting this movie ready for release, Golan and Globus shot their own documentary on the subject (The Go-Go Boys: The Inside Story of Cannon Films) and beat Electric Boogaloo to their release date, because of course they did.) 

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