December 3/ Los Angeles Hollywood and a high culture do not necessarily go together, but jealousy and disillusionment are embedded in the town’s very fiber. Considering its central conflicts, resetting Chekhov’s great tragedy in a Malibu beach estate makes a certain amount of sense. There is even an important Russian connection for Michael Guinzburg’s Hollywood Seagull which opens today in Los Angeles.
Still, Hollywood Seagull is a refreshingly stylish and literate production, anchored by McGuire’s wise and wistful turn. Frankly, it deserves more attention than August: Osage County, a film not so thematically dissimilar. Recommended for those who appreciate the source material and its Tinseltown trappings, Hollywood Seagull opens today (12/27) in Los Angeles at the Downtown Independent, just in time for Oscar consideration.
- J.B. (Joe Bendel) works in the book publishing industry, and also teaches jazz survey courses at NYU’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies. He has written jazz articles for publications which would be appalled by his political affiliation. He also coordinated instrument donations for displaced musicians on a volunteer basis for the Jazz Foundation of America during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Send e-mail to: jb.feedback “at” yahoo “dot” com.