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The Making of Godzilla

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The Making of Godzilla

Postby Jared » Tue Jul 28, 2015 5:11 am

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I just picked up a great book called Atomic Dreams and the Nuclear Nightmare: The Making of Godzilla (1954) by Peter H Brothers. I'm about a quarter-way through and I already feel I have a much greater understanding of the film and where it stands in history - there are a lot of little details I had never heard of before. Anyone else read it?
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Re: The Making of Godzilla

Postby tbeasley » Tue Aug 04, 2015 12:30 pm

I've heard mixed things about his first book. I never picked up it because I'm waiting for Ryfle's and Godziszewski's Honda biography -
http://www.tohokingdom.com/books/mushro ... om_men.htm
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Re: The Making of Godzilla

Postby ebirahsmeg1 » Fri Aug 14, 2015 9:15 pm

I wonder if there are any "eye-pooping" moments this time around :lol:

Seriously, from his very subpar and sloppy Honda Biography Mushroom Clouds and Mushroom Men (that was universally panned) to his incoherent snobbish diatribes in G-Fan (this is the same guy who compared the "ultra-violence" of GFW to "porn" :roll: Yes, I'm not making this up), buyers should best beware....
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Re: The Making of Godzilla

Postby ebirahsmeg1 » Sat Aug 15, 2015 11:43 pm

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Re: The Making of Godzilla

Postby Jared » Tue Aug 18, 2015 12:24 am

I was excited about this book because GODZILLA is one of my all-time favorite films and I've always yearned for a definitive source in English. The book started off strong (though that just may have been because of my fascination with that period in history), but it takes a nosedive as soon as it starts covering production. The writing is often clunky with numerous spelling and grammatical mistakes. Brothers seems to make a lot of leaps in assumption - he describes exactly what Honda, Tsuburaya and others were thinking in certain scenarios, which is of course ridiculous and unnecessary. And as a musician, I can empathize with Mr. Homenick's (Tapkaara, who runs an excellent website by the way) issues with how Brothers covers it, as it's clear he simply needed to do more research and maybe reach out to some people.

As for general factual errors, I admittedly have not noticed a majority of them (because I'm fairly unfamiliar with the fine details of the film, hence why I picked up the book in the first place). I would be interested in seeing a debunking of the most obvious ones.

The consensus seems to be that the best information from this book is garnered from other sources - particularly issue #10 of Japanese Giants, written by Ed Godziszewski.
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