Film and TV

Eye on Tinseltown

More inspired by than adapted from Leo Tolstoy's story "The Death of Ivan Ilyich," Bernard Rose's film is set in the very fast lane of a modern Hollywood that would have chilled the great Russian author to the bone. Ivan is a high-powered agent who snags a major actor as a client and lures him into a worthless project. Just as he's about to savor this "triumph," he' s diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. Shot on High Definition video, this exceptionally well-made but exceedingly bleak peek at tinseltown would be unbearable were it not for the sympathetic performance of Danny Huston (son of John, brother of Anjelica) as a man who realizes too late that he's wasted his life. Peter Weller and Lisa Enos (who produced and co-scripted) are standouts in the large cast of a film that is sometimes unpleasant but is never dishonest.
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David Ehrenstein