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Tracing the Decay of Fiction (2002)

Director: Pat O'Neill
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Labyrinth Project
Genre: Independent, Experimental/Avant-Garde

Based on Pat O'Neill's 35mm film, THE DECAY OF FICTION (2002), this interactive DVD-ROM project is an archeological exploration of the Hotel Ambassador, a vintage building now in ruins. Erected in 1920, the hotel played a crucial role in the development of Los Angeles and its urban sprawl. Well known for its glamorous Cocoanut Grove nightclub where Hollywood stars and movie moguls mingled with foreign dignitaries and downtown power brokers, the Ambassador was also the site of one of our nation's most disturbing events -- the 1968 assassination of Democratic Presidential Candidate Robert Kennedy. Visitors wander through these abandoned rooms encountering cultural traces of the historical events and personal stories that occurred there. Inside the Ambassador, borders blur between past and present, history and fiction.

Please note: This disc won't play on a set top player. You need to run it (and Install Quicktime) under Windows or MacOS. Won't work for Linux.

One of the finest filmmakers you've likely never heard of, Pat O'Neill creates entire worlds distilled merely from the images of Los Angeles and its surroundings. His films, such as the stunning Water and Power or The Decay of Fiction, utilize revolutionary optical techniques to craft collaborative layers of otherwise unrelated imagery, creating the visual impression that separate histories have become one. Craig Phillips and Jonathan Marlow talk with the director about his remarkable work. Full article >>

GreenCine Member Reviews

Split Ticket: Content--Yes, Interface--No by JPielaszczyk November 1, 2004 - 12:58 PM PST
2 out of 6 members found this review helpful
The best technology is like a toaster: you put in the bread, you take out the toast. The worst technology is like this interactive DVD-ROM: you put in the disk . . . and enter a humiliation seminar. Some semi-random "choices" brought on results, but I quickly tried to exit. If only! I couldn't get out! My manual and disk-eject button were useless. More keyboard flailings eventually got out the disk. I'll shift gears--and it's true that I'm over 20--but send me a DVD of this when it's belatedly issued: urban history, LA as the iconic 20th century city, biographies which encapsulate the city's development . . . great topics. Now, put it all on a DVD with a menu and with an option of playing everything sequentially after pressing one button. I wish!

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