10 June 2013 | Rodrigo_Amaro
It's all about the information. Morbid information. Interesting though.
Greatly informative for those who know little about the deaths of celebrities, of few "enjoyment" (can't find a better word) for those who know a lot about those, like me. "Death in Hollywood" presents a minor background of artists, why they were famous and their ultimate tragic deaths. Briefly analyzed in here are: James Dean, Marilyn Monroe, Gig Young, Jean Harlow, Sal Mineo, Natalie Wood, Thomas H. Ince, Rock Hudson, Marvin Gaye, Ricky Nelson, Nick Adams, George Sanders, Charles Boyer, the Black Dahlia case, Ramon Novarro, Jayne Mansfield, Ernie Kovacs, Vic Morrow (yeah the footage is there, haunting), and a few lesser known like Thelma Todd, and of the film director whose death remained unsolved until years later when King Vidor revealed important facts about the victim and the case; or even some speculation like Steve McQueen. They left a lot of people out, but still managed to do a good job. An update with more names would be interesting now.
The narration work was fabulous, quite morbid and very suiting to the project. The clips presented were nostalgic, very fun to watch, a little bittersweet because it all ends in telling about those great artists demise but some of the clips shouldn't stay there for too long. You almost forget the purpose of what's been presented to you when they focus on a comedian doing his number, or one female artist entertaining the crowd. This is mostly about the way they're all gone and not a detailed account on their work. The only long clip which was brilliantly shown was a press conference with Marilyn Monroe and you can tell how exhausted, depressed and anxious to get out of there she was. I've never seen that before and it's such a powerful image that reveals a lot of Hollywood and the newspapers pressures and demands, wearing people with their photos and publicity's.
If inclined to morbid topics or have a fascination for those, this is perfect. The informative values are tremendous and that's the highest peak this can reach. 7/10