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Bone (1972)

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Commentary 1: Screenwriter/director Larry Cohen Rating:8.3/10 (3 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by frankasu03 on February 4th, 2016:Find all reviews by frankasu03
Helpfully joined by fellow Independent-Exploitation veteran Bill Lustig, Larry Cohen has a lot of ground to cover here. Dated to March of 2003, what unfolds is another characteristically dense commentary from Larry. Not that he needs much prodding from Lustig, but Mr. Cohen divulges so much information and trivia, you might need 2 or 3 listens to catch all of the "good stuff." A veteran of television writing by this time, "Bone" was Larry's first foray into feature length filmmaking. As per his usual M.O., Cohen called in every favor he could, used his own home in "Beverly Hills" as a studio, and shot without permits in the regal "90210." To name a few of the nuggets and characters mentioned along the track: No less an artistic endeavor as "Hee Haw" helped finance the picture, the daughter of Elaine May catapulted (with Larry's help, naturally) to the lead in "The Heartbreak Kid," and Cohen's prized (and co-starring) German Shepherd prevented him from casting a young Susan Sarandon. His crew, including DP George Falsey Jr, helped make his lavish estate, and star Yaphet Kotto, look spectacular on a very small budget; "Bone" or "Beverly Hills Nightmare" even sports early makeup effects from Rick Baker, a highlight of many of Cohen's films. The boldness of Larry to shoot without permits extended to the post-production as well. No shock that a film of this nature searched all around town for a distributor, but for a first time filmmaker to have stipulations for each screening brought before prospective studios (Cohen's presence and the required full attention of the "bigwigs")? Pure "Chutzpah!" All this, an exploration of the movies themes, and the nature of dreams versus reality, with cameos by the Director of "Risky Business," Don Adams' Brother, and Ida Berlin. The adage remains, Larry Cohen is a lock as an all-time great solo commentator. 9.5/10