Ishtar credits and Dangerous Business intro, or "The Creative Process"

Comedy · 1987 · English

Rogers and Clarke (Warren Beatty and Dustin Hoffman) are two inept songwriters, down on their luck and desperate for money. Taking the advice of their shifty agent, the duo are whisked off on a tour of the mystical republic of Ishtar. On their arrival, our heroes are separately recruited into spying for opposing sides of a planned revolution, while simultaneously vying for the attention of a gorgeous female freedom fighter (Isabelle Adjani). But Clarke and Rogers make worse spies than they do songwriters, and soon they're left stranded in the desert with only a blind camel and several CIA assassins for company.

  • Actors
    Dustin Hoffman, Isabelle Adjani, Warren Beatty, Charles Grodin, Jack Weston, Carol Kane
  • Director
    Elaine May
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Uploaded on May 1, 2009

This is the best exposition of the creative process I've ever seen. Ishtar is an underrated movie, not because the film itself is very good, but because the songs Paul Williams wrote for the movie are hilarious and brilliant.

It's part of a post I'm writing for http://chrishecker.com

My friend Jon Blossom introduced me to the awesomeness of Ishtar, and for that I am forever in his debt.

Sorry the video quality is bad, but the audio is what matters. The video is just giving you what the idea is. I'll try to capture a better version later.


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