Saturday Night (2010)





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In September 2008, actor James Franco was a guest host on the popular television comedy series Saturday Night Live. Franco was fascinated by the process in which a 90-minute broadcast was pulled together from scratch, and he approached SNL producer Lorne Michaels with the idea of making a behind-the-scenes documentary following the production of a typical episode, from first meeting with the writers to the final live broadcast. Michaels gave his permission, and in Saturday Night Franco and a small camera crew are on hand as John Malkovich joins the cast for the December 6, 2008 broadcast. Saturday Night features interviews with members of the cast, writing staff, and production team as well as a fly-on-the-wall view as an episode of Saturday Night Live takes shape; the writers pitch ideas to Michaels and Malkovich, the cast works to flesh out the sketches and make them work in front of an audience, and the crew tries to make it all look good on a tight schedule with an immovable deadline. James Franco's first feature film as a director, Saturday Night received its world premiere at the 2010 South by Southwest Film Festival.
Documentary , Television
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a really entertaining look at the process of putting SNL together. A lot of the time the process is funnier than the finished product.

Josh Hakala
Josh Hakala

James Franco follows the making of an SNL episode in 2008. He and his crew observe when John Malkovich hosted for the third time. This doc covers the whole week from writing to rehearsing to the live taping. Quite frankly Franco is self-serving in joking around with Bill Hader and doesn't delve very deep into what truly makes the show. It feels like a student film. It takes you behind the scenes, but does not look to the history of Saturday Night Live.

Byron Brubaker
Byron Brubaker

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A very interesting behind the scenes/day in the life look at a pillar in the sketch comedy community. James Franco really puts you into the shoes of the writers, producers, and performers from Saturday Night Live. For someone who has always dreamed of being a part of the legendary show, it was such a fascinating documentary.

Nathan Martin
Nathan Martin

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