Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Popeye Village Still Standing


In 1980, Robert Altman directed a live-action version of Popeye starring Robin Williams and Shelly Duvall (I can't think of better casting). It did disappointing business at the box office, but when I was a kid, my family loved it. The songs, the costumes, and the sets were all clever and memorable. Turns out, the village they built to shoot scenes in (on the island of Malta!) is still there, and is doing brisk business as a tourist attraction. Check it out. And then, if you're bored, read about the ill-fated film.

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