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Decay of Fiction

Decay of Fiction (2003)

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L.A.'s legendary Ambassador Hotel provides the backdrop for director Pat O'Neill's avant-garde film The Decay of Fiction, which superimposes reenactments of classic Hollywood films onto shots of the dilapidated establishment. Gangsters and their molls interact with icy blondes and wisecracking bartenders in carefully deconstructed snatches of dialogue and narrative that serve an intentionally distancing purpose. O'Neill's time-lapse photography further adds to the film's ethereal effect. ~

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If there were more experimental films as entertaining as The Decay of Fiction, Pat O'Neill's luminous Hollywood ghost story, the notion of a thriving avant-garde cinema might not be so intimidating to the moviegoing public.

September 22, 2006
New York Times
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The Decay of Fiction is an acid trip of a movie about a piece of Los Angeles history that exists no more: the Ambassador Hotel.

September 21, 2006
New York Post
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Eight years in the making, this haunting and highly watchable 35-millimeter experimental feature by Pat O'Neill is partly a color documentary on the ruins of Hollywood's Ambassador Hotel and partly a speculative patchwork of its decaying 'fictions'.

February 19, 2005 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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The fullest expression of [O'Neill's] career on the periphery of the dream-factory assembly line.

October 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Avant-garde filmmaker Pat O'Neill's haunting ode to pulp fiction and the now-vanished Ambassador Hotel is steeped in decaying California glamor and the ghosts of noir thrillers past.

September 22, 2006 Full Review Source: Miss FlickChick
Miss FlickChick

The film's superimpositions, movie-dialogue samples, and audio-visual burps collectively suggest an acid trip.

September 11, 2006 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Neither fact nor fiction, but some strange realm between ... a marvelous premise for a short film - but as a nearly feature-length exhibit it all begins to feel like a grueling exercise

April 24, 2003 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
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