Hollywoodland Movie Review Summary

Actors: Ben Affleck, Adrian Brody, Diane Lane

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In ‘Hollywoodland', the screen adaptation of Reeves's saga, Adrien Brody plays Louis Simo, a private detective hired by Reeves's mother to look into the possibility that her son was murdered. As Simo investigates the seemingly straightforward circumstances of Reeves's death, he finds one mystery after another. Through flashbacks of Reeves (portrayed sincerely here by Ben Affleck) and his notorious affair with Toni Mannix (the wife of MGM executive Eddie Mannix, played by Diane Lane), Simo learns that whatever the truth may be, it involved much more that the official police report ever suggested. Well, probably—he can't be sure.
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Placed in an intricately formulated, falsely idyllic air of the 1950s, ‘Hollywoodland' is a beautifully crafted film—calm in its plotting, deliberate in execution. Unlike most murder mysteries, it never tries to assume an importance to overshadow the original story; the main focus always remains the death of Reeves, not Simo's investigation. The fall of Reeves is not simply an outcome of a pouting celebrity's fatal whim, but rather it is portrayed here as the price paid for fame.

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Actual chase scenes or violence 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 60%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30% Time/Era of Movie:    -   1960's-1970's Murder Mystery?    -   Yes Murders of set profession?    -   actors

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   champion of justice Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   California Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee Misc setting    -   resort/hotel

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   seeing breasts Kind of violence:    -   guns Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing

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