Nothing Lasts Forever (film)
|Nothing Lasts Forever|
|Directed by||Tom Schiller|
|Produced by||Lorne Michaels|
|Written by||Tom Schiller|
Rosemary De Angelis
|Music by||Howard Shore|
|Editing by||Kathleen Dougherty
|Release dates||September 1984 (USA)|
|Running time||82 min.|
The movie stars Zach Galligan and Lauren Tom in the lead roles, with a supporting cast including Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sam Jaffe and Mort Sahl. John Belushi was to appear in the film, but he died 6 weeks before production began.
The making of the film, through interviews with Tom Schiller, Lorne Michaels, Zach Galligan, Lauren Tom, Bill Murray and others involved with the film, is chronicled in the book Nothing Lost Forever: The Films of Tom Schiller by Michael Streeter (BearManor Media, 2005).
The film includes a large number of clips to give it the feel of the 1930s, and it is possible that getting copyright clearance for these clips has proved difficult. In 2007, another chat was conducted and Warner claimed it was "on the middle burner -- not the front, but not the back." It is possible that this means the legal issues have been cleared up, but this was not explicitly stated.
Murray and Schiller held a screening of the film on April 13, 2004 at the BAM Cinematek in Brooklyn, New York. On September 6, 2005, Murray, Schiller and Zach Galligan attended another screening, this time at Lincoln Center's Walter Reade Theater. The screening was followed by a Q&A session and a book signing of Nothing Lost Forever: The Films of Tom Schiller. The film was next screened on November 12, 2005 at the St. Louis International Film Festival. On January 28, 2006, Schiller introduced a screening at the Eastman House's Dryden Theatre in Rochester, New York. Schiller was again present for an August 22, 2007 screening at the Cinema Arts Center of Huntington, New York. The film was shown on November 6, 2009 at Olympia's Capitol Theater as part of the opening night of the Olympia Film Festival. On April 1, 2010, it screened in Los Angeles, California at Grauman's Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood as part of the American Cinematheque's acknowledgment of "criminally unknown" films, with Schiller attending and answering questions.
In Germany the movie is shown regularly on TV networks under title "Alles is verganglich", thanks to "unspecified legal copyrights" 
The plot concerns a young man (Galligan) who dreams of becoming an artist. On returning to his relatives in Manhattan, he finds that the Port Authority has taken control of the city, and is forced to work in a menial job under a trigger-happy boss (Aykroyd).
His kindness to a tramp leads him to be taken into an underground network where he discovers that the city's tramps are controlling the destiny of all the cities in the world. They instruct him to travel to the moon on a mission to spread peace and find his true love (Lauren Tom).
- Seabuagh, Julie. "Films Without Borders". The Riverfront Times. November 9, 2005.. Retrieved 2013-08-01.
- "News Briefs: Dryden Hosts Comedy Writer". The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. January 27, 2006. Retrieved 2013-08-01.
- "Long Island Calendar of Events". The New York Times. August 19, 2007. Retrieved 2013-08-01.
- Gilmore, Molly. "Quirky favorite sets tone of cinema celebration". The Olympian. November 5, 2009. Retrieved 2013-08-01.
- King, Susan. "'Solaris,' Bugs Bunny and more". The Los Angeles Times. April 1, 2010. Retrieved 2013-08-01.
- Nothing Lasts Forever at the Internet Movie Database
- Nothing Lost Forever - a book about Tom Schiller and this film.