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Andrew Nette

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781911325666

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781911325666.001.0001

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Making Rollerball

Making Rollerball

(p.37) Chapter 2: Making Rollerball

Andrew Nette

Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines the making of Rollerball (1975). It starts with an overview of the cast and crew and the filming locations, principally Munich, West Germany, where Norman Jewison shot the film's game sequences and also utilised other aspects of the city's modernist architecture. For the making of Rollerball, Jewison brought together three of the leading lights of British post-war cinema — production designer John Box, Douglas Slocombe as director of photography, and Julie Harris as costume designer. Acclaimed European conductor André Previn scored the soundtrack, largely comprised of classical music. The chapter then presents a detailed scene-by-scene breakdown of the film, considering the interplay of their various contributions to Rollerball and how this influenced the final look and feel of the film, including how it blended the film's signature violent action with an examination of more sophisticated dystopian social themes.

Keywords:   Rollerball, Norman Jewison, game sequences, British post-war cinema, John Box, Douglas Slocombe, Julie Harris, André Previn, violent action, dystopian social themes

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