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GIFFONI FILM FESTIVAL 1988 - 30 July.7 August

Sections & Films

GHOST CHASE

Category: Edition 1988

Synopsis
In an old Hollywood mansion, the spirit of an old family retainer inhabits an old grandfather clock. When a movie company uses the mansion for a film, the spirit inhabits the body of an alien and persuades the two filmmakers to track down an old house that will resolve a family scandal.

Original Title Hollywood Monster
Italian Title Fantasmi a Hollywood
Category Official Competition
Section Competition
Tipology Feature Film
Duration 107'
Production Year 1987
Nationality USA, West Germany
Directed by Roland Emmerich
Screenplay Roland Emmerich, Oliver Eberle, Thomas Kubisch
Music Hubert Bartholomae
Main cast Jason Lively, Tim McDaniel, Jill Whitlow

 regista Roland EmmerichROLAND EMMERICH

Emmerich was born in Stuttgart, West Germany, and grew up in the nearby town of Sindelfingen. As a youth, he traveled extensively throughout Europe and North America on vacations financed by his father, Hans, the wealthy founder of a garden machinery production company. In 1977, he began attending University of Television and Film Munich with the intention of studying to become a production designer. After watching Star Wars, he instead decided to enroll in the school's film director program. Required to create a short film as his final thesis in 1981, he wrote and directed the full-length feature The Noah's Ark Principle, which was screened as the opening film of the 34th Berlin International Film Festival in 1984.
In 1985, he founded Centropolis Film Productions (now Centropolis Entertainment) in partnership with his sister, producer Ute Emmerich, and directed his major film debut, a fantasy feature named Joey. He subsequently directed the 1987 comedy Hollywood-Monster. Theatrically, these were only released in and nearby his native country, although Emmerich filmed them in English and went against conventional German styles in an attempt to appeal to a larger market. Joey and Hollywood-Monster eventually also saw home video releases in the U.S. (as Making Contact and Ghost Chase, respectively) once Emmerich achieved more prominence in America.