Re: RARA-AVIS: Bezzerides documentary

From: Terrill Lankford (
Date: 15 Apr 2006

-----Original Message-----
>From: Jim Beaver <>
>Sent: Apr 14, 2006 9:48 PM
>Subject: Re: RARA-AVIS: Bezzerides documentary
>>>----- Original Message -----
>>>From: "Terrill Lankford" <>
>>>To: <>
>>>Sent: Saturday, April 08, 2006 12:18 AM
>>>Subject: Re: RARA-AVIS: Bezzerides documentary
>>>>I saw Bezzerides in person two weeks ago at the paperback show in West
>>>>Hills. He's very old, very frail, but very alive. I'd love to see this
>>>It's playing Wednesday April 12 at 7:30 at the Egyptian Theatre in
>>>Hollywood, as part of the American Cinematheque Film Noir festival, along
>>>with "Thieves Highway," written by Bezzerides. I'm thinking of going.
>>>The full schedule for the Film Noir festival is at
>>>Jim Beaver
>> Thanks, Jim. I'm going to try to move some things around so I can go as
>> well.
>> And speaking of Jim Beaver, I just wanted to mention (possibly for a
>> second time) how terrific he was as the lead in the THE LION IN WINTER at
>> Theatre West in Hollywood. Heidi and I caught one of his last perfomances
>> in the play and it was fantastic. I don't know if there are any plans for
>> another run in the future (Jim?), but if it happens and you're within 500
>> miles of the venue, you should go. The play itself has hard boiled and
>> noir attributes and the perfomances were all excellent, with Jim tearing
>> the roof off the joint in a number of scenes.
>> I thought I posted a message here a few weeks ago about his outrageously
>> great performance, but I'm not sure it ever hit the list. If it did, my
>> apologies for the redundancy, if it didn't, my apologies to Jim for being
>> technologically lame.
>> TL
>Thanks for the rave review, Terrill! My goodness! I wish you worked for
>the L.A. Times. (She loved the performances but used her first three
>paragraphs to complain about what a rotten play LION IN WINTER is. LION IN
>Unfortunately, I nodded off at the wheel as far as the Bezzerides
>documentary. Forgot all about it. I really wanted to catch it. Was it
>worth the nickel?
>Jim Beaver

More like nine bucks, but yes, it was worth it. The documentary was very cool and the movie playing with it, THIEVES' HIGHWAY, even better. (Anyone who hasn't seen this movie is really missing out on a treat.) I think part of the doc can be found on the Criterion release of THIEVES' HIGHWAY. I hope the full version makes it to DVD sometime soon. George?


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