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Hollywood Babylon: From "Sunset Blvd.", Down Ventura, by Woltz International Studios, To a Hush-Hush Martini a la "LA Confidential"

What's your favorite Hollywood Babylon movie?
My top three:

1. LA Confidential (Hanson)
2. Sunset Boulevard (Wilder)
3. In A Lonely Place (Nicholas Ray)

And your selections, Girls and Boyos?

Addemdum 15Mar09:

Now, let's expand the Hollywood Babylon Theme to include parts of films:

Hands down winner: Certain filmed and unfilmed aspects, and deleted scenes included in the trilogy box set, regarding Hollywood Babylon from The Godfather (dir. Coppola) (and unfilmed parts of the original novel "The Godfather" by Mario Puzo. It rips the guts out of the Hollywood dreamscape. And your opinions paisan?

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I have to admit, while a fan of Wilder, I have tried (and tried, and tried, and tried!) but Sunset Blvd. is not my cup of tea. The same for In A Lonely Place. However, I think L.A. Confidential is fascinating, and prefer it to Ellroy's novel, truthfully. As it's really a modern-day noir, I wish they had taken the trouble to film it in b&w, as it's the type film that fits it.

There's an excellent book by Sam Staggs regarding the making of Sunset Blvd., which goes beyond the film's making. Swanson had the idea of turning it into a stage musical decades before it actually happened, and wanted to star in it herself.
If you rewatch La Confidential M.T., you will see a large use of selective black and white film. The proportions of b and w to color footage in LA Confidential are dead on for 1953.
That surprises me, Mickey, because Sunset Boulevard is so much about the screenwriting. I thought you would appreciate it.
I had no idea that Swanson had wanted to make it a stage musical--that's almost eerier than her character in the film!
I've tried and tried, but just don't care for it. If you're a fan of the film, check out Staggs' book. He's also written an interesting one about All About Eve (Another one I couldn't get into.).
Butting in here - my favorites mirror Paco's, I like SB and LA Confidential a lot.
Fair Claire, thanks for your comment and participation in the discussion.

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I don't know many "Hollywood Babylon" films, but of the ones I know, Sunset Boulevard would have to be my favorite.
I must confess that LA Confidential is on my List of Shame (I've never seen it).
I'm studying it now. It is as essential as as Billy Wilder's "Sunset Boulevard".
I think that L.A. CONFIDENTIAL is one of the best movies to come out of Hollywood in the last 25 years.

It's one of those rare cases where the movie is much better than the book.

Thank you from steering me clear of the book.

All on the Q-T,

Sunset Blvd
Ed Wood
The Wild Party
Man of a Thousand Faces
Mulholland Drive
I hate this..I know there is something I'm drastically forgetting!...I love L.A Confidential



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