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《咆哮》背后的故事,驯服虎王的疯狂电影

  America's obsession with big cats is all the rage,thanks to the mass devouring under quarantine of Netflix's seven-part documentary series Tiger King.This wild saga about Oklahoma zookeeper Joe Exotic,his several husbands,and his violent feuding with animal rights groups has been jaw-droppingly sensational viewing.

  美国人民对老虎的喜爱是全民性的,这都要归功于Netflix的七集系列纪录片《虎王》。关于俄克拉荷马州动物园饲养员乔·埃奇特(Joe Exotic),他的几任丈夫以及他与动物权利组织的激烈争执的令人震惊且轰动一时。

  Thanks to it,a once-forgotten 1981 film called Roar,sometimes dubbed“the most dangerous movie ever made”,has clawed everyone's attention back,with the distributor craftily re-releasing it to video-on-demand in the US.

  多亏了它,一部拍摄于1981年曾一度被人遗忘的电影《咆哮》(有时被戏称为“有史以来最危险的电影”)吸引了所有人的注意力,发行商巧妙地将其重新发行到美国的视频点播中。

  Eleven years in the making and costing a then-exorbitant$17 million,Roar was an insane project from inception right through its legendarily disastrous production in southern California,which involved 71 lions,26 tigers,a tigon,nine black panthers,10 cougars,two jaguars,four leopards,two elephants,six black swans,four Canada geese,four cranes,two peacocks,seven flamingos and a marabou stork.

  这部电影经历了11年的制作和高达1700万美元的拍摄费用。拍摄《咆哮》是一个疯狂的计划,从成立之初到去往传奇般且充满灾难性的南部加利福尼亚拍摄,其中涉及71头狮子,26头老虎,1只虎狮兽,9只黑豹,10只美洲狮,2只美洲虎,4只豹子,2只大象,6只黑天鹅,4只加拿大鹅,4只鹤,2只孔雀,7只火烈鸟和1只鹳鹳。

  It took 34 years for the film to get a theatrical release in America.When it came out,in 2015,it was under the catchy tag-line:“No animals were harmed in the making of this film.70 members of the cast and crew were.”

  这部电影花了34年时间才在美国上映。影片于2015年问世时,当时的宣传口号是:“没有动物在这部电影的制作过程中受到伤害,但有70名演员及工作人员受了伤。”

  The idea was cooked up when Roar's two leads,Tippi Hedren and her husband,Noel Marshall,were on safari in Mozambique,where Hedren,in her post-Hitchcock afterglow,had shot the adventure film Satan's Harvest in 1969.During their travels,they came across an abandoned plantation house in Gorongoza National Park that had been overrun by lions.

  当《咆哮》的两位负责人蒂比·海德莉(Tippi Hedren)和她的丈夫诺埃尔·马歇尔(Noel Marshall)在莫桑比克的野生动物园里旅行观光时,这个想法就被提了出来,Hedren在后希区柯克时代的余辉中拍摄了冒险电影《撒旦的丰收》,这是他们在1969年拍摄的。在他们的旅途中,他们在哥伦哥萨国家公园(Gorongoza National Park)偶然发现了一座被狮子占领的废弃种植园。

  “They were sitting in the windows,they were going in and out of the doors,they were sitting on the verandas,”remembers Hedren.“It was such a unique thing to see,and we thought,‘For a movie,let us use the great cats as our stars.'”
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  “他们有的坐在窗户上,有的出入于房门,有的坐在阳台上,”海德莉回忆说。“这种景象真的很独特,我们想,'如果要拍一部电影,就让我们用大猫当明星吧。'”

  马歇尔因自己的经济成就而受到鼓舞

  Marshall,buoyed by his financial success as a co-producer on The Exorcist,became obsessed with bringing Roar to fruition.They began to purchase young lions–illegally–from zoos and circuses in the USA,and brought them up–in their Los Angeles home.

  作为《驱魔人》的联合制片人,马歇尔因自己的经济成就而受到鼓舞,他开始沉迷于将《咆哮》付诸实践。他们开始在美国的动物园和马戏团中非法购买幼狮,并在洛杉矶的家中抚养幼狮。

  Hedren's daughter Melanie Griffith–who would eventually co-star in Roar,be clawed across the face,and need plastic surgery–spent much of her adolescence cohabiting with this feline menagerie.In time,the family bought 40 acres of scrub in the Santa Clarita valley,and built a Portuguese-style two-storey ranch that would serve,not only as the compound for their growing zoo,but as the film's main set.

  海德莉的女儿梅兰妮·格里菲斯(Melanie Griffith),在最后终于出演《咆哮》时,被动物抓到了脸上,需要整容手术才能恢复。她的青春期大部分时间都与这些猫科动物同居。最后这个家庭在圣克拉丽塔山谷购买了40英亩的灌木丛,并建造了一座葡萄牙风格的两层牧场,不仅可以作为他们不断发展的动物园的大院,而且可以作为电影的主要拍摄场地。

  马歇尔撰写了一个灵活的剧本,内容是关于一位博物学家

  Marshall had written a flexible script about a naturalist(played by himself)studying wildlife on a reserve in Tanzania(Santa Clarita with added cottonwoods).It was full of weird slapstick routines and moments of human peril not unlike The Birds,particularly when Hedren and her daughter arrive at the unattended ranch.

  马歇尔撰写了一个灵活的剧本,内容是关于一位博物学家(由他自己扮演)研究坦桑尼亚保护区(种满了棉白杨的圣克拉丽塔)的野生动植物。充满了怪异的闹剧套路和人类的危险时刻,这部电影与《群鸟》不同,特别是当海德莉和她的女儿到达无人看管的牧场时。

  And so the filming began,with a large crew including the Dutch cinematographer Jan de Bont,later to shoot Die Hard(1988)and direct Speed(1994)and Twister(1996).It quickly became clear that razzing up the lions to perform ferociously on camera was going to have some safety implications.
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  然后,拍摄就开始了,当时包括荷兰摄影师扬·德·邦特(Jan de Bont)在内的一大批摄制组随后拍摄了《虎胆龙威》(1988年),《生死时速》(1994年)和《龙卷风》(1996年)。拍摄前很快就明确了关于让凶猛的狮子出演电影会带来的一些安全隐患。

  Marshall,who saw the animals as family,would fling himself into their midst and roll around in take after take.One bit into his hand so deeply it caused a 50ft arterial spray and he needed immediate hospital treatment.Determined to get the wound on film,he asked a crew member to squirt some fake blood on top.Later,he would be bitten through the leg and dragged off-camera,narrowly avoiding the need for amputation.

  视这些动物为家人的马歇尔(Marshall)可以自己扑向它们的中间,并在拍摄后四处走动。一只动物咬伤了他的手,动脉血喷射到了50英尺高,他需要立即住院治疗。他决定让这个伤口登上电影,于是请机组人员在上面又喷了些假血。后来,在镜头外他被咬伤了腿并被拖行,差点就要截肢。

  Hedren,when an elephant called Tembo tried to pick her up,slipped and broke her ankle on one of his tusks.And while de Bont was hiding in a camouflaged pit to get close-ups,a lioness detected movement and swiped down with her claws.This took the back of his scalp off,needing 220 stitches.

  当一个叫特姆博的大象试图抬起她的时候,海德莉滑倒了,并被一只象牙折断了脚踝。当德·邦特躲在一个伪装的坑中进行特写拍摄时,一只母狮发现了他的动静,用爪子猛扑下去,这导致他的头皮后部脱落,需要缝220针。

  Even amid this carnage,the shoot limped on.They were 95 per cent done with it when the worst flooding in years–19in of rain over 24 hours–hit the valley and a dam burst upriver.The facilities were devastated and many animals were swept away,or escaped,and–giving the lie to the movie's tag-line–were shot by local police.

  即使在这场屠杀中,拍摄仍在进行着。当几年来最严重的洪水(24小时内有19英寸的降雨)袭击山谷并且大坝溃决时,他们完成了95%的工作。设施遭到破坏,许多动物被冲走或逃脱,而他们在电影的标语上撒了谎,说是遭到了当地警察开枪射击。

  And still Marshall wouldn't give up the ghost.At staggering cost,he rebuilt the set and got the final footage.The MGM lab–where,under the lion logo,Roar was being processed–received over a million feet of film:double the amount processed for Gone with the Wind,and somewhere right up in the Apocalypse Now/Heaven's Gate ballpark.

  马歇尔仍然不会放弃。他以惊人的成本重建了布景,并得到了最后的镜头。米高梅公司正在狮子的标志下处理《咆哮》的影片,他们收到了超过一百万英尺的胶片:是《乱世佳人》胶片数量的两倍,大概和《现代启示录》/《天堂之门》差不多。

  For foreign release,Roar was variously packaged as a suspense thriller,“a ferocious comedy”or a family adventure.It did quite well in Germany and Japan.But Marshall rejected all presales in America as insufficiently lucrative,and so it simply sat on the shelf unwatched.Marshall died in 2010;Hedren,who is still alive,set up the Shambala Preserve,an 80-acre wildcat habitat,in 1983.Roar is a monument to its makers'folly,and a film which can't hold a candle to its own mad production story.

  对于国外发行,《咆哮》被包装成悬疑惊悚片,“凶猛的喜剧”或家庭冒险。它在德国和日本的表现很好。但是马歇尔(Marshall)拒绝了在美国进行的所有预售业务,因为它们利润不高,因此就被搁置了,没有受到关注。马歇尔于2010年去世;还在世的海德莉(Hedren)于1983年建立了占地80英亩的野猫栖息地香巴拉野生动物保护区(Shambala Preserve)。《咆哮》是其制作人愚蠢的纪念碑,也是一部无法和其疯狂的拍摄故事相比较的电影。
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