Hollywoodland (2006)

Idolatry in the 20th century.

Superman character from the 1950s dies from a bullet to the head - fowl play is suspected, but not proven. A smalltime private investigator takes on the job to prove it wasn't suicide. The film's plot moves back and forth between the investigation and the rise to superstardom of George Reeves.

Truly the film is a brilliant exposé of Hollywood on two different plains - the way we as spectators view the actors and the way the industry views itself. Reeves represents the reluctant idol, used and abused by both the viewers and the industry. The fact that he played Superman makes the film that much more poignant.

Everything about the film is excellent, though it does poke along in some parts.

Truth: No one deserves to be set above another and cast as superhuman.

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