The Life and Death of 9413 – A Hollywood Extra (1927)

Long before Ricky Gervais gave the world Extras Robert Florey and Slavko Vorkapich depicted the tumultous existence of a man trying to make it in Hollywood. Even as early as 1927 Hollywood was being depicted as a hell paved with broken dreams. Surrealism and expressionism combine to paint a nasty image of the land of dreams. Supposedly this film was made for less than $50. It’s low budget, pessimistic view of ‘the system’, and a narrative and visual style much different from that of the mainstream could make this one of the first independent films.

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