on “to live and die in l.a.”

matt zoller seitz has a nice piece up on press play on friedkin’s classic noir

Chance flouts rules and procedures in the name of justice and ego; Friedkin startles the audience by flagrantly disregarding conventions that encrusted so many Hollywood movies in the 1980s. That decade saw the rebel antiheroes of the Johnson-through-Ford eras supplanted by macho narcissists played by the likes of Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michael Douglas, and later, Bruce Willis; alpha males who walked all over everybody, yet still earned a slow clap at the end of the story.

seitz’s 13 favorite film books are worth a look as well — i wrote down the titles of over half of them.


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