Posted on Saturday, September 6th, 2014 by Russ Fischer
The novel Zeroville, by Steve Erickson, is a cracking, funny, wildly perceptive book about New Hollywood. It’s a piece of fiction rooted in history, in which an alienated young man who loves movies with a burning intensity makes his way to Los Angeles in 1969. There, he gradually meets a variety of filmmaker types (including John Milius and Martin Scorsese) as his own fortunes rise in the movie business. This book is a movie lover’s dream — if you haven’t read it, find a copy as soon as possible. The only reason to put it down might be to make time to watch all the films it’ll create a desire to see.
The novel’s main character, “Vikar” Jerome, sports a shaved head decorated with a tattoo of Montgomery Clift and Elizabeth Taylor as they appear in the 1951 movie A Place in the Sun. And that’s why James Franco is wandering around the Venice Film Festival with a shaved, tattooed head. Franco is directing and starring in an adaptation of Zeroville, and I’m trying to figure out what to think about that. Read More »