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Bert I. Gordon

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Bert I. Gordon: The Essentials

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Overview

Bert Ira Gordon (born September 24, 1922, Kenosha, WI) is an American film director most famous for such science fiction and horror B-movies as The Amazing Colossal Man and Village of The Giants.

Began making home movies in 16mm when he was only nine years old.

Most of Gordon's work is in the idiom of giant monster films, for which he used rear-projection to create the special effects. His nickname "Mister B.I.G." is a reference both to his initials and to his preferred technique for making super-sized creatures.

Gordon began his career directing television commercials before moving to film in 1954 to produce Serpent Island. In 1957, he began his prolific association with American International Pictures.[1]

In 1960, he wrote, produced and directed The Boy and the Pirates, starring active and popular child star of the time Charles Herbert and Gordon's own daughter, Susan Gordon. The three of them recently appeared together in the celebrity lineup at the 2006 Monster Bash, held June 23–25 at the Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Airport Four Points. Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, released a Midnite Movies double DVD set with the rarely seen The Boy and the Pirates, and the more recent Crystalstone (1988), on June 27, 2006.[2]

His 1977 Empire of The Ants featured a pre-Dynasty Joan Collins, who later said of the film that it was her worst acting experience, but by then the loosely-based modernized H. G. Wells tale had been elevated to cult film status.

None of his films has received significant critical attention, but his work has attained popularity in some circles. The cult TV show Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K) has featured several of his movies.

Gordon has appeared recently annually in the celebrity lineup at the Monster Bash, held each June, at the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Airport Four Points. He hosted and moderated the special screening of The Amazing Colossal Man on April 27, 2012.

References

  • 1. ^ Bert I. Gordon vs. Bert Gordon @WFMU
  • 2. ^ kiddiematinee.com / The Boy and the Pirates
  • 3. ^ Bert I. Gordon from Gary Westfahl Encyclopedia of Science Fiction Films

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