Friday, August 31, 2012

The Holden Age of Hollywood a Great Review at Window on the World

From the very first page, Sam Bateman, the protagonist of The Holden Age of Hollywood,reminded me of a hard-boiled detective, a post-modern Philip Marlowe.  In fact, Phil Brody’s style of writing has been called “neo-noir”, a term, I assumed coined to describe this modern-day film-noir type.  I loved the snappy dialogue and the footnotes explaining screenwriting jargon and Hollywood “in-jokes” for those of us not in the know.
Only a phenomenal writer could write so many bad script synopses so hilariously well.  And Phil Brody is that evil genius. 

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