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    Have you ever read the action picture screenwriting advice to have your protagonist trapped up a tree, and then get him down? It seems a Frenchman took this advice literally some 35 years ago. I just discovered this French film, Sur un Arbre Perché (Perched on a Tree). The protag does indeed end up atop a tree, along with two hitchikers, inside his car. The tree is on the side of a cliff overlooking the ocean.

    Nearly the entire movie takes place with the car and its occupants atop the tree. If someone had suggested this idea to me I probably wouldn't have thought that it could be done very well, but I have to admit that the movie is actually pretty good. If you get a chance to watch it sometime, give it a look.
    Last edited by billmarq; 09-22-2006, 12:18 PM.
    We're making a movie here, not a film! - Kit Ramsey

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    I hope they didn't hurt the tree during the filming.

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      I am certain it was a stand-in tree. Maybe a poplar.
      We're making a movie here, not a film! - Kit Ramsey

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        It would have to be. Insurance on oak trees is way high, and pines can't get insurance at all.

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          Similar idea, guy in a tree, with indie "Get Down."

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            Hey Bill Marq... where did you see this? Sounds intriguing.

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              Originally posted by ihavebiglips View Post
              Hey Bill Marq... where did you see this? Sounds intriguing.
              We're making a movie here, not a film! - Kit Ramsey

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                Yeah, all Amazon had was one used VHS copy for 45 bucks.

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                  Originally posted by Totiwos View Post
                  Similar idea, guy in a tree, with indie "Get Down."
                  In Canada it's "Treed Murray". I thought it was good.

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