Back in the day when I already knew I wanted to direct film but was still too young to do anything about it, I took advantage of an invitation from a friend of the family to visit any set where he was shooting. His name was Paul Stanley and he directed a lot of television--most notably, the TV series Mission: Impossible. He also drove a fuel injected '59 Corvette, which I enjoyed driving from time to time. I practically lived on the set of that show located on the Paramount lot next to the soundstage where they shot Star Trek. Peter Graves, Martin Landau, Barbara Bain, Greg Morris and Peter Lupus all contributed to my formation as a filmmaker though they they probably had no idea at the time.
There was a car connection on the Mission: Impossible set in addition to Paul in the form of cinematographer Michel Hugo, a Frenchman and aficionado of the Citroën DS. Knowing that I was a car guy--I was driving a Ferrari Berlinetta Lusso in my teens--Michel took every opportunity to extoll its virtues. At social gatherings, his wife would take up the argument that I should buy a Citroën Pallas and discover the joys of unparalleled technical innovation. It seems they both drove and enjoyed their Citroëns.
Although I acquired a taste for the DS, I never did own one. However, I think it's interesting that the first project I worked on after moving to Paris was a publicity film that a friend of mine was making for---Citroën. I spent several terrific days at the Citroën test track in the middle of a forest doing stunts and maneuvers with the new line of Citroën CXs.
How to Shoot a Feature Film in 15 Days (And Survive to See Profits)
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Point of Departure
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Ferrari GTO 3987 at speed by Yan denes
Ray D. Shosay's Journal
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Ray D. Shosay's Journal (excerpt)
"Saturday, January 27, 2007
They say you can fool some of the people all of the time. Accordingly, I think we should concentrate on this group initially. We can move on to the people you can only fool some of the time at a later date if we deem it necessary. I hope to hear back from my agent about this as soon as he's out of rehab, as I don't think my messages have been getting through."
Ignorance is Bliss by Stephen Mitchell
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"Out of the corner of his eye, Martin saw Martha shift in her seat. She leaned forward, as though something was about to be decided. This caused her breasts to push up against the neckline of her dress in a way that couldn't be fully appreciated out of the corner of one’s eye. So, Martin turned his head to look directly into the abyss of her cleavage. He was vaguely aware that Murray was talking again."
Carrera Panamericana (1950-54)
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Ferrari GTO 3987
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“You ought to meet Steve. The two of you have the same kind of Ferrari.”
Ferrari Berlinetta Lusso
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L'art de l'automobile
My first Lusso prior to restoration
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Meeting Enzo Ferrari
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I bought Bentleys in England and Ferraris & Maseratis in Italy to re-sell in Los Angeles as a teenager. I met Enzo Ferrari, Juan Fangio and Steve McQueen. I 'grew up' on the set of Mission: Impossible and other episodic TV series of the era. For a few years, I owned a Ferrari GTO that is owned by Ralph Lauren today and valued at approximately $52M. I began my film career by writing, producing and directing Montmartre in Paris in French. I founded and ran a repertory company for film & TV for 20 years in Los Angeles. I created a TV series which had fans that included Marlon Brando. I authored the first new acting technique--Action/ReAction--that was not based on Stanislavski's Method. I am currently writing my third novel and shooting my spy thriller Exigence. If you can't make movies, live your life as though you were in one...