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Sunset over Mulholland Drive

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Hollywood – site of glamour. You would think that most of the residents of the dream factory would prematurely say goodbye from the glorious life. Those who get old here live in a villa on the hills with a horde of personal assistants. That might be the case for acting royalty. But what about all the production designers, screenwriters, and the directors and producers with pensions that aren‘t so gilded? They land in the “Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital,“ Hollywood‘s retirement home. They‘re among people like them here. There‘s an expansive film library, a wellness center sponsored by producer Haim Saban, and the “Jodie Foster Aquatic Pavilion“ with afternoon coffee cake where former screenwriters invite you to talk about potential sequels to CASABLANCA. Most of all there are many differen biographies, which director Uli Gaulke (COMRADES IN DREAMS) captures with his camera. He‘s attracted to “old Hollywood,“ which still seems alive here. The fate of those who built the backbone of showbiz but never stood in the limelight themselves. We meet Daniel Selznick, the son of famous producer David O. Selznick and the producer of AMERICAN GRAFFITI, and Tony Lawrence, the screenwriter and producer of BONANZA. We also encounter Connie Sawyer, who passed away last year. She was in more than 70 films next to Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, and Susan Hayward. When Gaulke met her, she was still going to auditions regularly at 105 years old and filled with energy. All the protagonists deal with their age with confidence. That‘s what makes Gaulke‘s documentary charming, that is also a small chronicle of the dream factory with its many film clips.

Lars Tunçay (INDIEKINO BERLIN)

Translation: Elinor Lewy

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Original title: Sunset over Mulholland Drive
Deutschland 2018, 97 min
Language: English
Genre: Documentary, Film übers Filmemachen
Director: Uli Gaulke
Author: Uli Gaulke, Marc Petzke
Distributor: Piffl Medien
FSK: oA
Release: 23.05.2019

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