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15 Famous Film Factories

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Rob Spiegel
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Rob Spiegel   6/18/2014 11:51:59 AM
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That's a great review, Jim. Thanks. Interestingly, it mentioned the I Love Lucy episonde that's also in oor slideshow. Let me know what you think of Moedern times once you've viewed it.

JimT@Future-Product-Innovations
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JimT@Future-Product-Innovations   6/18/2014 11:15:13 AM
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Modern Times (1936) is going on my 'must-see' rental list.  The set construction alone looks like it cost the production studio a bundle!   Intrigued, I poked around and found it has a very high rating in "Decent Films Guide" :  http://www.decentfilms.com/reviews/moderntimes  .  Luckily,  I also found it on Netflix!

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Re: Another one
JimT@Future-Product-Innovations   6/18/2014 11:05:57 AM
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Because I've spent enough time in factories, I always frowned at the void of any personnel present in the Terminator factory scenes; all machinery running in full volume capability; what we used to call "lights-out" manufacturing, and not a living soul around.  Yes, this is possible, but not 24/7. (I know, its Hollywood;  -- but still – Hey, I'm just Sayin' ! )

While Motorola's paging division did, in fact, successfully implement 'Lights-out' manufacturing on a few of their Pagers in the early 1990's, this type of staff-free manufacturing has not become ubiquitous for many reasons related to logistics and material supply.

OK, enough reality.  Back to fantsasy.  Sorry.


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FAMOUS FILM FACTORIES
bobjengr   6/13/2014 6:15:47 PM
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Rob-there are two factories that really stand out for me: 1.) Norma Rae and 2.) The Droid factory in Star Wars.  Years ago my grandmother worked in factory that made thread for clothing.  The thread was wound on bobbins and spools for sale to manufacturers who made cloth.  I accompied my mother one evening to pick her up from the factory after a long day.  Only then did I realize what a "sweat shop" she worked in.  The movie Norma Rae reminded me of that environment.  Thankfully, we seem to be beyond those working conditions.  

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Re: you missed one
Charles Murray   6/12/2014 8:35:30 PM
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Focusembedded, that's about the worst-sounding job I ever heard of. Describing it that way...well, nothing I've done (and I've had some pretty bad jobs) even comes close.

Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   6/12/2014 4:47:32 AM
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That's interesting, Rob! Yeah, 8 Mile was actually not a bad little film, even if it was just a vehicle for Eminem (who turned out to be quite a good actor--but he was playing himself!). Those factories looked pretty rough and gritty...must have been a really interesting experience to work in them--a real glimpse into working-class America.

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When it's not a factory
Tom-R   6/11/2014 8:06:17 PM
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Great slides. Made me laugh at the number of times I've seen aging tanks in breweries used as movie backgrounds. The huge stainless domed ends have been passed off as nuclear reactors, and even the engine room of space ships. Only once, in Strange Brew, have I seen them called what they were. Mothballed breweries make great backdrops with stainless pipes and platforms that look like they could travel at light speed.......

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Re: Other film factories
Rob Spiegel   6/11/2014 7:30:31 AM
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Elizabeth, thnaks for the metion of 8Mile. I forgot about those factory scenes. How could I miss that? I grew up in the Detroit area and once lived on 9Mile. I worked in my share of those Detroit factories.

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Other film factories
Elizabeth M   6/11/2014 7:16:41 AM
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Cool slideshow! I seem to recall other films in which factories were sort of eerie places, though. I can't recall the name of the film offhand but I am sure there is a scene set in a factory where a murderer is chasing a victim, and that factory was pretty terrifying! Also in the Eminem film "8 Mile," there are some interesting factory scenes, including an intimate one with him and his girlfriend in the film, the now (sadly) deceased Brittany Murphy.

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Charles Murray   6/10/2014 5:57:38 PM
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Don't forget the Ron Howard film, "Gung Ho," in which a Japanese car company buys an American manufacturing plant, and then has to deal with the conflicts arising between American labor and Japanese management. It's a comedy, so it doesn't exactly present an intelligent look at those conflicts.

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