UK / English
"A real Hollywood story. "Update on Leo Tolstoy's "The Death of Ivan Ilyich," set in contemporary Hollywood.
Tolstoy goes to Hollywood and does only so-so.
Again, we have a literary masterpiece "adapted" to the big
(e.g., the recent "Bartleby"). Not a total success, in my opinion. First
of all its transformed setting...the Hollywood scene...while the film
creates its reality fairly well...is far from the original
of a public servant (a magistrate) and his powerful, reflective downward
path to death. Secondly, the depiction of the movie business as
and full of back=slapping and phony relationships is a rehash to the point
That said, Danny Huston's performance as the high-living Hollywood agent,
facing his imminent death is very convincing and even moving at
creates sympathy for an otherwise
vacuous character. We are spared none of the grim details of his last
on earth...so be warned.