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5 Films That Centre Around Film-Making

Last week we saw the release of a tease trailer for the new film by David Fincher Mank (2020). This film is written by Fincher’s father Jack Fincher and is about “screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz and his battles with director Orson Welles over screenplay credit for Citizen Kane (1941)”. Films that portray other films, Hollywood or deal with film-making in general are curious since they provide an insight into their own industry. In this vein, we can recall Fellini’s 12 (1963), Tornatore’s Cinema Paradiso (1988), Hazanavicius‘s The Artist (2011), Hancock’s Saving Mr. Banks (2013), Coen brothers’ Hail, Caesar! (2016), and, more recently, Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019). In the list below, I am focusing on 5 similarly-themed films that usually escape this categorisation on the Internet. In no particular order:

I. A Star Is Born [1954]

Arguably, this film showcases Judy Garland’s phenomenal acting ability the best. Here, Esther Blodgett (Garland), later, Vicki Lester, finds her desired career of a singing actress skyrocketing after she meets already almost forgotten, disillusioned and alcoholic movie star Norman Maine (James Mason). The film by George Cukor (The Philadelphia Story (1940)) clearly demonstrates the pitfalls and disillusionments associated with wanting and trying to be an actress in a movie industry, as Blodgett/Lester tries to navigate tricky behind-the-scenes action and movie studios’ unscrupulous management, being torn between hope and despair, love and hate.

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“Mulholland Drive” Review

Mulholland Drive (2001)

 ‘So, don’t play it for real, until it gets real’

There is no easy way to write a review to this film, unless, maybe, you are David Lynch himself. However, what is clear is that ‘Mulholland Drive’ is a mystery film with unconventional story-telling, bizarre scene sequences and some of the most nonsensical movie lines ever. Perhaps similar to ‘Pulp Fiction’ (1994), the events in ‘Mulholland Drive’ often unfold without any (meaningful) explanation given, with the intention to confuse the viewer, but also with the aim to awe at the end of the film. Overall, branded ‘the most challenging movie of the year’, this film is fascinating in its inexplicability, surrealism and originality, and probably has one of Naomi Watts’s best career performances.

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