Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Silver Screen Confidential (1½ Stars)

This film was made in 1996 and is set in the early 1950's, in the days when the Hollywood film industry was booming. Celeste Andrews, a reporter for the film magazine Silver Screen Confidential, goes to Hollywood to interview Gina Van Doren, a star known best for her roles in silent movies. While there she meets her ex-husband, who is now working as a publicity agent for a film studio.

This is the worst film I've seen for a long time. Apart from the abysmal acting, the plot is so airy that the whole film could have been compressed into 15 minutes without losing anything. The film also does something unique, which was presumably intended to be artistic, but is extremely annoying. The film has no closing credits, which is true to the style of post-war films. To make up for this omission, after a short first scene there is an opening credits sequence which lasts 3 minutes 21 seconds! I was sitting tapping my fingers while name after name rolled over the black screen thinking, "This must be over now, it can't possibly last any longer".

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