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Off The Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's (1997)

Cast: Quentin Tarantino, Jay Leno, Sharon Stone, more...
Director: Shari Springer Berman, Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini, more...
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Studio: New Video Group
Genre: Documentary, Biographies
Running Time: 90 min.
Languages: English
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Synopsis
For fifty years, Chasen's restaurant and bar was the gathering place for Hollywood's elite, U.S. presidents and royalty. Famed for its paneled ambiance, world-class chili and its legendary Hobo Steak, it was where the rich and powerful were free to orchestrate complex deals, hash out conflicts or simply relax in understated elegance. In 1996, after nearly a decade of slow business due in part to increased diet consciousness, and also to the appearance of newer, trendier eateries, Chasen announced that it would close. Many of Tinseltown's brightest lights past and present appeared for the gala send-off which is chronicled in this documentary feast. In addition to featuring plenty of star-gazing, it also features poignant reminiscences from Chasen's staff, many of whom have worked there for decades. ~ Sandra Brennan, All Movie Guide




Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini are best known as the duo behind American Splendor, a brilliant little indie that seemed to come out of nowhere. It didn't. The couple had been screenwriting for some time in Hollywood, where they also shot two docs, Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's and The Young and the Dead. Craig Phillips gets them to talk about Splendor, a few of their favorite films and their plans for the future. Full article >>



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