Contemporary World Cinema
U.S.A. / 2006 / English dialogue with Arabic subtitles / Colour / 35 mm / 126 minutes
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Ben Affleck won Best Act or at Venice this year as real-life beefcake George Reeves,TV's Superman, who was shot in the head in 1959. Suicide was the official verdict.Or was it murder, and if so by whom? This 1950s Hollywood noir thriller features Louis Simo (Adrien Brody), a seedy private eye hired by Reeves' mother to investigate, and discovering that the star's life was something of a mess. After a minimal film career he found huge TV fame-but scant satisfaction - by jumping off roofs in tight leggings. He had taken up with a young wannabe, Leonore (Robin Tunney), leaving his long-time lover, Toni (Diane Lane), wife of MGM boss Edgar (Bob Hoskins), who had kept Reeves in luxury for years. Mystery and lies - the stuff of noir - abound as Affleck delivers a sympathetic and immensely likeable performance as the luckless Reeves, whose demise aged 45 left a generation of children in mourning - and a question mark over his death that lingers still.



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