Oh Hollywood, You've Really Let Yourself Go
I don't know about you, but this writer can barely stand to walk down certain stretches of Hollywood Boulevard on account of the psychic sludge that has blanketed the city since the early days of the film biz; a century of broken dreams resulting in substance abuse and suicide does leave an imprint. While "Hollywood" long ago abandoned Hollywood Paramount is the only major film studio still in the area vestiges of the commercial film industry remained firmly lodged there, and visitors are as likely to run across movie call signs as they are dingy stars on the Walk of Fame. (Note to Hollywood: Please move Clara Bow's star from the driveway of the Chase bank at Vine and Sunset already. We know that was the location of her restaurant, but the It Girl deserves better.) The celluloid meditations of Industry Town: The Avant-Garde & Hollywood capture this residue on film, parodying and mutating familiar "Hollywood" in this encore presentation of Filmforum's program that screened at the Egyptian last October (sans Ken Anger's Puce Moment, currently on view at MOCA, and Love of Franistan). Filmforum will be adding something new and spicy for this showing, which includes the "brazenly cynical" 1928 short The Life and Death of 9413: A Hollywood Extra (lensed by Citizen Kane cinematographer Gregg Toland), Peter May's hallucinatory Death of the Gorilla, George Lucas' 6-18-67 and John Baldessari's rarely seen Title. Cinefamily, 611 N. Fairfax Ave.; Sat., Jan. 14, 5 p.m.; $10, $6 students/seniors (via online presale). (323) 655-2510, cinefamily.org.
Sat., Jan. 14, 5 p.m., 2012
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