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Sunset Strip by Hans Fjellestad (2012) #rdff

Sunset Boulevard is probably one of the most famous street names in Los Angeles. It is 1.5 mile long and the authors of this heartful documentary have put a visible effort into recreating its  history throughout the 20th century.

The Sunset Strip is presented gradually through archival material of non-existent today clubs, joints and meeting points. We witness personae such as Keanu Reeves, Johnny Depp, Sharon Stone, Sophia Coppola, the Osbourne family. They are usually talked about in documentaries, whereas here they are the narrators sharing their side of the story experienced in this strip of land.

Quite successfully the viewers get delivered a crafty cut of interviews, of archival footage all summed up by a juicy animation.

A great journey enabling those not lucky enough to be located in LA, California, to appreciate and visit the famous places.

Probably one of the strongest points of this film is that no-one is put in the position of an omniscient narrator, but rather all the participants learn about the history of the boulevard from each other – in arranged conversations.

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The Help by Tate Taylor

This is another of the Oscars 2012 nominations.

A very powerful film, a meaningful one and carefully directed.

In one of the opening scenes we hear Johnny Cash’s  song about Jackson, where the plot is set. Johnny Cash has this specific notion and bears this exceptional note of the American South. The South in the 1960’s – somebody pointed out that this story is historically parallel to what we see in the Mad Men. Only New York City at that time and Mississippi are very distant places. From every possible angle. Also, this film shows what Mad Men ignores: the polarisation of white and black in the society. What in Mad Men is naturally acknowledged as the status quo, The Help questions.

Emma Stone plays a young journalist filled with idealistic belief that she can change the world. Perhaps she might. Not totally, but certainly the character catalysed something important which later waterfalled into a massive change in modern America.

This film should be  appreciated at tomorrow’s Oscars Gala. I really hope it does.

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