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How an Amateur Filmmaker Crashed the Set of “Amadeus”

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Imagine if an uninvited guest toting a digital camera had walked unnoticed onto the set of “Zero Dark Thirty” or “Argo,” shot an hour’s worth of footage, edited it into a documentary, and had it accepted by, say, Sundance or SXSW. All hell would break loose — firings, lawsuits, armed militia appointed to run security on Hollywood productions.

Apart from the fact that he was carrying an 8mm camera, that’s exactly what amateur filmmaker Ladislav Františ did on one of the sets of Miloš Forman’s 1984 “Amadeus,” which was produced by Saul Zaentz in Czechoslovakia five years before the Velvet Revolution. Luckily for Františ, perhaps, it wasn’t a Soviet-backed propaganda epic that he infiltrated. Read the full article here

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