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Art house in Beverly Hills

Hollywood's blend of art house originality and narrative drive

By Toby Mundy   December 2000

there is a scene in Mike Figgis’ latest movie, Time Code, in which a haughty French actress pitches her next film to a roomful of jaded Hollywood producers. She wants the money to make a movie in which the cinema screen is divided into quarters, each of which follows, individually and in real time, the actions of a specific character. Her pitch comes freighted with a long, vaguely pretentious riff about the fragmented nature of reality and experience. When she finishes, a nervous hush descends on the producers-who are variously warped by cocaine, alcoholism, neurosis and unrequited love-before the head…

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