On A Desert Island With. . .

DreamWorks SKG Executives

compiled by David Kilmer

This month we heard from the following DreamWorks SKG executives when we posed the question, "What ten films would you want to have with you if stranded on a desert island?" Alicia Gold is one of DreamWorks' key development executives. Her recent projects include the upcoming features Shrek, Spirit and Tusker. Max Howard is currently producing Spirit, while Bonne Radford is a producer on The Road to El Dorado.

Alicia Gold's picks:
1. Being There by Hal Ashby.
2. Lawrence of Arabia by David Lean.
3. Raiders of the Lost Ark by Steven Spielberg.
4. Bambi (Disney).
5. Shane by George Stevens.
6. Lonely are the Brave by David Miller.
7. Midnight Run by Martin Brest.
8. Schindler's List by Steven Spielberg.
9. Sunset Boulevard by Billy Wilder.
10. Nosferatu by F.W. Murnau.

Max Howard's picks:
1. Lawrence of Arabia by David Lean.
2. American Graffiti by George Lucas.
3. 42nd Street by Lloyd Bacon.
4. A Night at the Opera by Sam Wood.
5. The Outlaw Josey Wales by Clint Eastwood.
6. Schindler's List by Steven Spielberg.
7. Four Weddings and a Funeral by Mike Newell.
8. Casablanca by Michael Curtiz.
9. Great Expectations by David Lean.
10. If... by Lindsay Anderson.

Bonne Radford's picks:
1. The Philadelphia Story by George Cukor. Brilliant ensemble cast, great screenplay, wonderful comic timing.
2. Singin' in the Rain by Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly. Gene Kelly in everything. The "Make 'Em Laugh" number's fantastic.
3. Manon of the Spring (and Jean De Florette) by Claude Berri. Subtle family saga that is riveting in nuance and treachery.
4. Great Expectations by David Lean. Excellent Dickens adaptation with outstanding cinematography and acting.
5. The Shop Around the Corner by Ernst Lubitsch. Jimmy Stewart and Margaret Sullavan have great chemistry in this E. Lubitsch charmer.
6. Lady and the Tramp (Disney). Small, characterful feature animation which is timeless.
7. Raiders of the Lost Ark by Steven Spielberg. Action that is tongue-in-cheek; great tone and musical score.
8. The Godfather, Parts 1-3, by Francis Ford Coppola. Character-driven story and action which is beautifully filmed.
9. The King and I by Walter Lang. Hard to choose amongst the Rogers & Hammerstein musicals, but Yul Brynner elevates this one for me.
10. The Lion in Winter by Anthony Harvey. Every family has their skeletons in the closet.

Thanks to everyone for participating, and a special thank you to Fumi Kitahara!

Next month we will hear from executives at Fox Kids Network.

If you are an animator or executive in the animation industry, and would like to play the Desert Island game, feel free to submit your picks to

David Kilmer is associate editor of Animation World Magazine.

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