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Dystopian Hollywood Narratives

by Kate Fortmueller

The Life and Death of 9413 A Hollywood Extra is one of many narratives about Hollywood extras. Although many narratives about extras present cautionary tales, this particular film presents a dystopian vision of Hollywood and the aspiring workers struggling within the industry. Despite its dark vision of Hollywood, David James notes that the three men credit as "conceiving and realizing" this film, Robert Florey, Slavko Vorkapich (former USC professor) and Gregg Toland all found places in the industry. As James points out, "Extra thus served its makers well, providing them the platform for careers that passed in and out through the industry and allowing them all to develop different forms of experimentation in a variety of productive systems." (James 43)

For more on The Life and Death of 9413 A Hollywood Extra, see: David James, The Most Typical Avant-Garde - History and Geography of Minor Cinemas in Los Angeles (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2005).

The Life and Death of 9413 A Hollywood Extra (1928)

The Life and Death of 9413 A Hollywood Extra is an experimental film that presents a dystopian vision of Hollywood dreams and aspirations in the film industry.

from The Life and Death of 9413 A Hollywood Extra (1928)
Creator: Slavko Vorkapich
Distributor: Kino Video
Posted by Kate Fortmueller
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