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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.
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.
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'.
The fullest expression of [O'Neill's] career on the periphery of the dream-factory assembly line.
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.
The film's superimpositions, movie-dialogue samples, and audio-visual burps collectively suggest an acid trip.
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
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