The William Tell Story!

03 Sep

This is an interesting cover as this story originates in “Cinema Retro” #16 – 2010 (The essential guide to movies of the 60' &70's).
Tony Earnshaw writer for “Cinema Retro” wrote a six page article with wonderful pictures of  Errol Flynn's making and failing of  “William Tell”. This story in 2010 was due to Jack Cardiff and Errol's extraordinary efforts to bring this movie into being. The article covers  the interview with Jack Cardiff by Tony Earnshaw just shortly before his passing in 2009.

Some maybe unknown details of the making of the movie!

Only 30 minutes of footage was completed on this film before the project
was abandoned. Had it been completed on time it would've been the first
independent movie filmed in CinemaScope.

Errol Flynn exhausted
almost all of his personal fortune ($500,000) in making this film, which
he envisioned as his comeback. The Alpine village that Flynn had constructed as the set for the film
remains today and is a tourist attraction in Europe.

Originally, Errol Flynn was to produce this film with Alexander Salkind (Pakal
Film). Failing to find further funding, Salkind signed over his portion
of the contract to Tony Roma (PAI Produttori Associati Italiani &
Roma Film), who in turn signed his contract over to Count Alfonso Fossataro of
Junior Film. The film fell apart when Fossataro did not live up to his
end of the contract.

Village sets were to be built at Cinecitta Studios in Rome, but were
eventually built on location in and around Courmayeur.

— Tina


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  1. Anonymous

    September 3, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    Is this a re-issue? The original was published in 1993.…

  2. Anonymous

    September 3, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    I would say that the cover is from 1993, but my aim was to make our readers aware at the same time of “Cinema-Retro” who do not show Errol on the front page, but did publish the detailed 6 page William Tell article as posted in their #16 – 2010 fall issue.
    Sort of killing two birds with one stone!

  3. chriscaille

    October 6, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    “The Alpine village that Flynn had constructed as the set for the filmremains today and is a tourist attraction in Europe”.

    I near the frontier with Val d’Aoste. I am searching for the set, but desperate to send mail without any response from the tourism offices…anybody knows where the set is? would love to see it if it is still there….

    best regards to all


    • Inga

      October 7, 2012 at 5:44 am

      Hi Chris, it does not exist anymore, it has been destroyed, unfortunately.

      • chriscaille

        October 7, 2012 at 6:17 am

        Hi Inga,

        thank you very much for your response.

        however…sad news! lol. in the documentary ” the adventures of errol flynn” we can see at least 1 minute of the Tell adventures and it looks great. the rushes are kept in a vault in Boston University. Any chance to see the rest of it somewhere, somehow? I am wondering if there is a way to get a telecine of the rushes…

        best regards


        • Inga

          October 7, 2012 at 4:09 pm

          I’m afraid not. At least not until 2100… Unless YOU go to Courmayeur and find whatever might be left there, Chris. :-) But the rushes seem to be “lost” until most of us readers here are will long be gone…

          • chriscaille

            October 12, 2012 at 7:09 am

            MMM..thanks Iga. Not very encouraging, but still…lol! thank you for your response.

            best regards.-


            • Inga

              October 13, 2012 at 6:00 am

              Thanks, Chris. Do you speak German? In that case, here is a little article I wrote… if you would like to add information, please feel free to contact me.