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Tigrero - A Film That Was Never Made [1994] [1993] [DVD]


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  • Actors: Sam Fuller, Jim Jarmusch, Mika Kaurismaki
  • Directors: Mika Kaurismaki
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, Portuguese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: Portuguese
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Bluebell Films
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Nov 2008
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001CMV1K8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 187,826 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The third film in Bluebell Films' Mika Kaurismaki collection. 'Tigrero' documents the return visit of director Sam Fuller, accompanied by Jim Jarmusch and Kaurimaki, to the portion of the Amazon where Fuller had once begun work on an action film that was to star the biggest box-office attraction in America in its time, John wayne. Although that film never happened, this documentary gives Fuller the chance to reminisce about his legendary career and show the indigenous population his earlier footage, an act which evokes great gratitude for temporarily bringing long dead relatives back to life. Winner of the Golden Key Award.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bob Salter TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 April 2010
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The world of Hollywood is certainly a strange one. It is the original factory of dreams, where reality has little bearing. It can be a very pleasant place to inhabit when the strains and stresses of life close in on you. But like life, it is a place where so many dreams crash and burn. Sam Fuller's "Tigrero" was another project that perished in its infancy. Terry Gilliam's more recent "Lost in La Mancha", related a similar tale with his attempts to bring Don Quixote to the screen. Interestingly Orson Welles failed with the same project. These heroic attempts almost take on the surreal nature of a Quixotic quest in themselves.

Riding high in the fifties with the success of his films "Fixed Bayonets" and "The Steel Helmet", Fuller was sent to the Matto Grosso in Brazil to gather material for the film "Tigrero" based on a book by Sasha Siemel. Not being one to look a gift horse in the mouth, Fuller headed off to the jungles of Brazil. Armed with a shotgun, a beretta pistol, a 16mm camera and essential supplies like boxes of cigars and vodka, he must have cut a very colourful, if rather unusual figure to the locals. During his adventures he became friendly with the Araja Indian tribe whom he lived and filmed amongst. He came back with some interesting film of the local nature and the customs of the Araja. Sadly none of this was used in the proposed project. Interestingly he did manage to incorporate it into a dream sequence in his film "Shock Corridor".

The film based on the adventures of a tiger (jaguar) hunter was to have starred John Wayne, Ava Gardner and Tyrone Power, who were all apparently keen to make the film. Unfortunately the insurance companies quoted 18 million dollars to insure the pampered stars, which quickly scuttled the idea.
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An interesting documentary by Finnish filmmaker Mika Kaurismaki (brother of the more famous Aki). Filmed in the mid 1990s, it has Jim Jarmusch accompanying the legendary Samuel Fuller (who was in his early eighties by this time) to the Amazon forest to revisit the place where in the mid 1950s he planned to make a film. A film that, as the title says, was unfortunately never made. Fuller tells the story of the failed production. Tigrero, by the way, means a hunter of jaguars (which are called tigers in many parts of South America). Fuller says that John Wayne was going to play the role of the hunter in the movie, and Ava Gardner was set to co-star. It seems hard to believe that top Hollywood stars would be filming in a place that was back then (and still is) extremely remote, without any sort of modern facility. In fact, Fuller tells that one of the reasons the movie was never made was the difficulty of insuring the stars in such a potentially dangerous shooting. In many of the proposed settings for the film, the Kayapo Indians live, and it is interesting to get a glimpse of their lives. The movie is interesting, though perhaps of limited appeal (though you don't have to be a fan of Fuller or Jarmusch to enjoy this).
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Sam Fuller, the storyteller 12 July 2000
By albemuth - Published on Amazon.com
This is on the surface a documentary about a film Sam Fuller once wanted to make, an attempt on which time and effort was spent, but which for various reasons fell apart. It would have been a fine film, displaying his far-ranging interests and passions and his deep caring for people and their plight. All told, of course, in an exciting fashion with spellbinding action scenes! Romance! Thrills! Excitement!
But what makes this film really so interesting is that it really is a tribute to Sam Fuller, the storyteller. His voice permeates the film as he recounts his past and ponders on the future, talking with Jim Jarmusch who follows him on this journey to the village that he once visited while location scouting for TIGRERO.
I can just smell the cigarsmoke. And smile when he laughs!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Okay 13 Nov 2005
By Steven Hellerstedt - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Well, the then octogenarian maverick movie director Samuel Fuller is animated enough, and his co-star, indy director Jim Jarmusch, is laid back enough to make an interesting screen duo in Finnish director Mika Kaurismäki's 1994's TIGRERO: A FILM THAT WAS NEVER MADE.

`Tigrero,' the unmade film in question, is a movie Fuller had sold to the studios in the 1950s. It's a love story larded onto a profile of a `tigrero,' a hunter of tigers, or jaguars, I guess, in the wilds of Brazil. The movie was a go, even had a cast - John Wayne as the tiger hunter, Ava Gardner and Tyrone Powell as the uneasily married couple - when it was quashed when insurance companies blanched and refused to underwrite the production. Not before, however, Fuller and crew had traveled into the interior of Brazil and spent some time filming a native village located on the Amazon River. The film went into the can and Fuller went on to other projects. Nearly four decades later Kaurismäki, an independent movie producer like Jarmusch, gets funding for a project to revisit the same village with Fuller and Jarmusch.

Part documentary, part travelogue, part improvised fiction, TIGRERO: A FILM THAT WAS NEVER MADE is the result. The pre-departure scenes are improvised and awkward, and the journey - how they get to the village and get out - is never really shown. Fuller, an anecdote machine if you've ever seen one, is/was a great hero to Kaurismäki and Jarmusch, and simply turning a camera on him and saying action probably would have been enough. The return to the village - Fuller isn't sure it's the same one, and it takes a while for him to be sure - comes across okay. Later, the village gathers together and the filmmakers show Fuller's old footage, which causes some people to recognize mothers, fathers, even themselves, and that comes across okay. In fact, everything comes across okay, although none of it, as Fuller would say, grabbed me by my ... privates. I guess you can file this one under `Interesting, Mild Disappointment.'

Also included on the disk is 20 minutes or so of the original, wide screen, color footage Fuller took in the 50s; fifteen-minutes or so of outtakes and additional footage of the 1994 movie; Jim Jarmusch's personal photos (good photographer); and a relaxed and reminiscence filled commentary track with Kaurismäki and Jarmusch. Fans of Fuller and Jarmusch should give it a look.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A FUN JOURNEY WITH SAMUEL FULLER and JIM JARMUSCH 30 Aug 2010
By christa fuller - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
TIGRERO is a docu/roadmovie that won the Berlin critic's award in 1994.
Travel to the KARAJA INDIANS with SAM AND JIM and discover a new and
exciting tribe of amazing people near the ARAGUAIA river at the foot of
the Amazon. People who still seem to live in harmony with their environment,
a society without crime. Really amazing people that FULLER knew in
1955 and visited forty years later with his friends, filmmaker MIKA KAURISMAAKI
and JIM JARMUSCH. A brainchild of CHRISTA FULLER, directed by MIKA KAURISMAAKI,
participate in their breathtaking adventure to the AMAZON.Tigrero
Interesting documentary 27 April 2013
By Andres C. Salama - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
An interesting documentary by Finnish filmmaker Mika Kaurismaki (brother of the more famous Aki). Filmed in the mid 1990s, it has Jim Jarmusch accompanying the legendary Samuel Fuller (who was in his early eighties by this time) to the Amazon forest to revisit the place where in the mid 1950s he planned to make a film. A film that, as the title says, was unfortunately never made. Fuller tells the story of the failed production. Tigrero, by the way, means a hunter of jaguars (which are called tigers in many parts of South America). Fuller says that John Wayne was going to play the role of the hunter in the movie, and Ava Gardner was set to co-star. It seems hard to believe that top Hollywood stars would be filming in a place that was back then (and still is) extremely remote, without any sort of modern facility. In fact, Fuller tells that one of the reasons the movie was never made was the difficulty of insuring the stars in such a potentially dangerous shooting. In many of the proposed settings for the film, the Kayapo Indians live, and it is interesting to get a glimpse of their lives. The movie is interesting, though perhaps of limited appeal (though you don't have to be a fan of Fuller or Jarmusch to enjoy this).
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