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Siegel hailed for ‘Body’ of work

Eastwood, Acad fete helmer at screening

HOLLYWOOD — Though “B” movie directors don’t tend to get Oscar attention, the Motion Picture Academy honored legendary “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” helmer Don Siegel July 20 at the Academy theater.

Program included a Q&A between Curtis Hanson and Clint Eastwood, followed by a screening of “Body Snatchers,” Siegel’s 1956 sci-fi pic.

“Don knew how to tell a story efficiently and economically, yet with great emotional impact,” said Hanson.

Hanson and Eastwood both mentioned some of Siegel’s filmmaking rules. Among them: Start shooting the movie fast and on schedule so the front office doesn’t pay any attention; and shoot only what you need so they can’t screw it up too badly afterward.

Siegel’s three rules on stunts were: No. 1, make it safe; No. 2, make it exciting; No. 3, never lose sight of rule No 1.

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