Film Review – HOLLYWOODLAND (2006)

Hollywoodland (2006; USA; Technicolor; 126m) ∗∗∗½  d. Allen Coulter; w. Paul Bernbaum; ph. Jonathan Freeman; m. Marcelo Zarvos.  Cast: Adrien Brody, Diane Lane, Ben Affleck, Bob Hoskins, Robin Tunney, Joe Spano, Molly Parker, Kathleen Robertson, Lois Smith, Phillip MacKenzie, Larry Cedar, Eric Kaldor, Caroline Dhavernas, Zach Mills. Inspired by one of Hollywood’s most infamous real-life mysteries, follows a 1950’s private detective who, investigating the mysterious death of “Superman” star George Reeves, uncovers unexpected connections to his own life as the case turns ever more personal. The torrid affair Reeves had with the wife of a studio executive might hold the key to the truth. More a comment on fame and stardom than a murder mystery. It weaves between the lives of the star and the detective investigating his supposed suicide and in doing so often disturbs the flow of the story, but the performances are uniformly excellent and the subject matter is genuinely fascinating. Feature film debut for veteran TV director Coulter. [15]