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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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Somewhere by Sofia Coppola

It’s an eye-opener. How insanely bored a celebrity can get. How fantastic it is to have a fresh look at things from the perspective of an 11-year old girl (fabulous Elle Fanning).

Stephen Dorff in his role as Johnny Marco is blase, nonchalant and unable to see any depth in the life around him. Constantly driving around LA in his black Ferrari, having a beer, partying, watching personal twin-pole-dancers visiting him in his Chateau Marmont room no.59…

His young daughter seems to be putting him back in place, rooting him back in reality. Dorff is incredibly attractive and it comes as no surprise that so many women fall to his feet to be able to spend the night at his place. At some point, however, Johnny begins to realise that there are other things in life than a stunning twentysomething blonde in his bedroom…

Golden Lion in Venice in 2010 went to Sofia Coppola for this one. It’s a quiet film, might not be fully appreciated though by those unaware of the Californian film industry reality.

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