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What’s your favorite “movie about movies”?

Posted: October 15, 2009

Many movies try to take “the movies” as a subject, the intersection between art and reality, performance and life. What’s your favorite “movie about movies”? Richard Pena’s favorite is the French film “Irma Vep.”

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  • rayban

    You guys ask such hard questions. Come on, you guys. I’d be torn, I think, between Billy Wilder’s “Sunset Boulevard” and John Schlesinger’s “The Day of the Locust”. Both films share a wonderfully bleak vision in a setting that’s supposedly always glamorous. I also have a weakness for a film that nobody seems to like, Robert Mulligan’s “Inside Daisy Clover”. This one is totally GOTHIC from start to finish and has a great performance from Natalie Wood.

  • Andy Seaman

    The obvious answer is Living in Oblivion with Steve Buscemi and Catherine Keener. Duh.

  • Athena Beck

    For Your Consideration (2007) is a great overall reflective of the warped side of Hollywood. funny-depressing

  • Nikki

    Robert Altman’s “The Player” and Paul Mazursky’s “The Pickle” are my favorites. And I’m with rayban in the comment above; I like “Inside Daisy Clover” too – you have to love Ruth Gordon’s performance!

  • Larry M.

    The first great film that comes to mind is François Truffaut’s “Day for Night” (La nuit américaine) from 1973.

  • rayban

    Nikki, I am so glad that I found somebody else who likes “Inside Daisy Clover”. And, Larry, Truffaut’s “Day for Night” is a totally charming film about making movies.