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Somewhere Cinematic: Hollywood Movies On Hollywood
Posted December 02, 2010 to photo album "Somewhere Cinematic: Hollywood Movies On Hollywood"
Sofia Coppola’s award-winning Somewhere is the latest in a line of films that examines movies and movie stars. Nick Dawson casts an eye over some of the best.
Slide 1: Introduction
Somewhere is a Hollywood movie in multiple senses. Not only is it set in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Hollywood (its main location, the Chateau Marmont hotel, is one of the great landmarks of the area), but it’s about that other, better-known Hollywood: the American film industry. Writer-director Sofia Coppola’s glimpse into the life of jaded movie star Johnny Marco (Stephen Dorff) is part of a long tradition of films that have looked behind the bright lights to give a sense of what truly goes on in the day-to-day existences of the people who work in the motion picture business. Indeed, instead of reinforcing the public perception that matinee idols and movie directors live glitzy, happy, fulfilling lives, Hollywood has historically attempted to show the grind and graft behind the glamour, from multiple versions of A Star is Born (the first made in 1937) through to Focus Features’ own 2006 movie Hollywoodland, the cautionary tale of the first actor to play Superman, George Reeves. In the following slideshow, Nick Dawson examines 10 movies that reveal what Hollywood thinks of itself.