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Tikis in films
bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2014-12-27 3:41 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2014-12-26 14:10, bigbrotiki wrote:
Here's a better lit still of the underdressed Tiki Bob's set:

Most likely shot in Vancouver, Canada



Quote:

On 2014-12-26 18:27, tikicoma wrote:
I'm underwhelmed. I've liked a bunch of Tim Burton films and dug the set designs but this looks like he didn't even try.




I agree, but one must admit that the interior of the original Tiki Bob's was a little underwhelming, too



That's why I never used it in any of my books - to keep the mystique alive.

I wonder if the reference to Tiki Bob's was Burton's, or the writers' idea - they were originally slated to direct, with Burton only producing. Instead of having Burton's signature "fairytale" style, the film is very much a straight forward bio pic. TIME called it "Tim Burton paints by Numbers". The production design is all about being faithful period style, not a fantasy world. I had hoped the film would add a surrealist dimension to the weird Keane paintings, but it doesn't. In my opinion, it falls kind of flat.


 
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creativenative
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Posted: 2015-01-13 01:07 am   Permalink

One of my favorites, The Fabulous Baker Boys in a fabulous tiki lounge, only problem, it's empty. Indicative of the era (the 80s) where cool lounges and lounge acts are dying. This film has been mentioned a couple times but not w images. So here are a few:











And for you, DustyC, interiors of Cirals' in "The Package"





 
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creativenative
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Posted: 2015-01-19 4:22 pm   Permalink

Just bought and watched "Don't Make Waves". A 1967 film showing some cool tiki culture of the times. With Tony Curtis and 60s babes Claudia Cardinale and Sharon Tate. There are Hawaiian elements of a So Cal young beach & surf culture and Pacific elements in the more mature and sophisticated tiki culture. Although both American sub cultures have oceanic influences and of course tikis, they are two very distinct American popular sub-cultural movements:

Hawaiian throwing net on a So-Cal surf beach (not realistic but Hollywood artistic):

Token Hawaiians on beach in background (more as human props to help establish this beach culture):

Curtis buys a new pad complete with Micronesian tikis in background. Guy on right is laying a zebra rug, of course:

Later in film Tony's lux pad washes down toward the Pacific Hwy and shore. Here, house upside-down, one can see the ubiquitous tapa cloth hanging in background:


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tikilongbeach
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Posted: 2015-02-10 11:28 am   Permalink

1928 silent movie "White Shadows in the South Seas". The movie was filmed in Tahiti and Clyde De Vinna won the Oscar for cinematography.

Actress Raquel Torres.






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naugatiki
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Posted: 2015-03-10 7:25 pm   Permalink

On break from The Rocky Horror Picture Show



 
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MrBaliHai
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Posted: 22 days ago; 06:38 am   Permalink

"The Cracksman" (1963)

Starring diminutive British ginger comedian, Charlie Drake, as a naïfish locksmith who's tricked by gangsters into robbing a collection of jewels. The gangleader's HQ is the Beachcomber Club in London's Mayfair Hotel. Sorry for the poor quality, but this movie ain't exactly Criterion Blu-Ray material.













 
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 9 days ago; 8:00 pm   Permalink

Mr. Bali Hai,

Could you tell if the scenes were actually shot at the Mayfair Beachcomber or was that a set?

I found this news clipping on the movie With Six You Get Egg-roll staring Doris Day with a scene that was shot at the Tahitian in Studio City.



I got the movie on Netfix and snapped a few photos of the scene. It only lasted for a minute or so and did not show much of the restaurant. You can see the Tiki table lamps, however.





You can see the pink Tiki table lamps, however.

You can see the Tiki table lamps, however.




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atomictonytiki
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From: Bangkok
Posted: 8 days ago; 04:28 am   Permalink

Sorry but not the beachcomber but a set in Elstree, as discussed in these threads,

http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=31059&forum=1&vpost=429905&hilite=cracksman


http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=14685&forum=1&vpost=629073




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MrBaliHai
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Posted: 8 days ago; 07:52 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2015-05-16 20:00, Dustycajun wrote:
Mr. Bali Hai,

Could you tell if the scenes were actually shot at the Mayfair Beachcomber or was that a set?




Tony beat me to it, but as you can see from this old British Pathé clip that was actually shot inside the Mayfair Beachcomber, it's interior looks nothing like what's shown in the film. I started getting suspicious after recognizing some of those Tiki carvings from an old Avengers episode, and a couple of Hammer films:

https://youtu.be/YM39IoqrhvI

Still, a pretty good-looking set.


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Thrift Tiki
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Posted: 8 days ago; 10:51 am   Permalink

There is this movie from 2005 based on a book by the same name called " The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio" starring Julianne Moore and Woody Harrelson. It's about a mother of 10 kids who supports her children during the 50s and 60s by entering contests to keep their family from the poorhouse.

The main character, Julianne/Evelyn wins a contest that sends her to Texas where she is taken out to dinner at Ports o' Call. In the book her husband really wanted a big Texas steak and was bummed they ended up in a Polynesian restaurant.

There is a quick scene in the movie where they are supposed to be eating there. Masks on the walls but no other tikis and there are no mugs to be seen.



 
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ManFromT.I.K.I.
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Posted: 2 days ago; 1:57 pm   Permalink

Watching a movie on TCM called "Dive Bomber" (1941) starring Errol Flynn and Fred MacMurray. There is an extended bar scene that takes place in what looks like a "proto Tiki" establishment. No carvings, but the furnishings are rattan/bamboo, the cocktails have a somewhat exotic look to them, served in tall glasses wrapped in woven mat, and some of the women are wearing Island prints. Also, there is orchestral Hawaiian music with steel guitar featured playing in the background. I think this may be an interesting glimpse into the infancy of Tiki culture.

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King Bushwich the 33rd
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Posted: Yesterday; 1:58 pm   Permalink

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On 2013-10-09 23:48, bigbrotiki wrote:
As far as I understand, this film will not have this title anymore:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2446629/Rachel-McAdams-gets-beauty-treatment-set-new-film-Deep-Tiki.html

...so I doubt there will be any actual "Tiki" in it, but maybe someone knows more about it. Too bad, would be a nice precedent to have it in a major feature film title.




Film has been renamed but does not look like it's worth a trip to the local cinema

Cameron Crowe's 'Aloha' Criticized for Depicting "Whitewashed" Hawaii


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