4.9/10
17
1 user

A Smile in the Dark (1991)

An episodic tale in which a despondent young man follows the lives of people going to and from home on an L.A. freeway. Meanwhile, an angel and the devil make wagers on which of the drivers... See full summary »

Director:

Writer:

Reviews

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Adventure | Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.2/10 X  

Klaus kinski plays the ghost of Duncan McBride, murdered owner of a plantation and ruby mine on the island of Sunanow, in the South China sea. The mine, and the Curse which killed his uncle... See full summary »

Director: Ulli Lommel
Stars: Suzanna Love, Barry Hickey, Klaus Kinski
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.2/10 X  

Dustin (Tom Sullivan) is the leader of a rock band on the brink of super-stardom. Until now they have juggled their music career with cocaine smuggling. The musicians, and their manager Raf... See full summary »

Director: Ulli Lommel
Stars: Jack Palance, Tom Sullivan, Andy Warhol
Music | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

Nada, a beautiful French journalist on assignment in New York, records the life and work of an up and coming punk rock star, Billy. Soon she enters into a volatile relationship with him and... See full summary »

Director: Ulli Lommel
Stars: Carole Bouquet, Richard Hell, Ulli Lommel
BrainWaves (1982)
Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

After a traffic accident Kaylie is in coma for months. Her doctors want to try a new procedure on her: to regain her consciousness, they stimulate her brain with neural patterns of a woman ... See full summary »

Director: Ulli Lommel
Stars: Keir Dullea, Suzanna Love, Vera Miles
Olivia (1983)
Crime | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

An American engineer in London, who is helping to dismantle the London Bridge to be transported to Arizona, strikes up an acquaintanceship with a young British woman. Several years later he... See full summary »

Director: Ulli Lommel
Stars: Suzanna Love, Robert Walker Jr., Jeff Winchester
Boogeyman II (1983)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 1.9/10 X  

Lacey travels to Hollywood, to the home of a film director, where she brings along the last surviving haunted mirror shard from the end of the first movie as proof to her horrifying experiences.

Directors: Bruce Pearn, Ulli Lommel
Stars: Suzanna Love, Ulli Lommel, Shannah Hall
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

Through the reflection in the mirror, a girl witnesses her mother's boyfriend's murder.

Director: Ulli Lommel
Stars: Suzanna Love, John Carradine, Ron James
Comedy | Musical | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Mesmerist Jonathan Sage escapes Nazi Germany via a cryogenic tube. In the 1980s, a group of Fascist Americans thaw him out, hoping to use him as a way to rid their community of homosexuals,... See full summary »

Director: Ulli Lommel
Stars: Ulli Lommel, Ken Letner, Thom Jones
The Big Sweat (Video 1991)
Action | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.1/10 X  

An ex-con, just released from jail, returns home only to become immediately embroiled in a robbery. A tenacious FBI agent hounds him every step of the way. This film contains 45 minutes of ... See full summary »

Director: Ulli Lommel
Stars: Robert Z'Dar, Ken Letner, Steven Molone
Sex Crimes II (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.5/10 X  

A businessman gets shot while he is enjoying covering his prostitute girlfriend with shaving cream. His wife decides to hire a private detective to track down the killers.

Directors: Ulli Lommel, Gregory Alosio
Stars: Samantha Phillips, Cindy Manella, Joe Lambie
Warbirds (1989)
Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.3/10 X  

A covert military airstrike against rebels in the tiny Mideastern nation of El Alahaim goes wrong, leaving one pilot dead and another in enemy hands. A second, more dangerous mission is ... See full summary »

Director: Ulli Lommel
Stars: James Eldert, Cully Holland, Bill Brinsfield
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
The Angel
...
Voice Over (voice)
...
Girl
...
Despondent young man
...
The Devil
Edit

Storyline

An episodic tale in which a despondent young man follows the lives of people going to and from home on an L.A. freeway. Meanwhile, an angel and the devil make wagers on which of the drivers will fall in love, die, or in some way change their lives. Written by Joe Arthur <tenebrae50@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

independent film | See All (1) »

Genres:

Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Also Known As:

California 405  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Color:

See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Heartless Brechtian fantasy
23 March 2003 | by (Vancouver, B.C., Canada) – See all my reviews

In the Hollywood Hills, an angel appears before a young man (Justin Lazard) and explains that Los Angeles is filled with interesting stories. He directs us to follow the lives of a few people driving the freeways of L.A. and to understand their foibles and tragedies in a series of disconnected vignettes. It is intellectually amusing to assume that L.A. is basically an inhumane place and that the main characters are mere puppets representing a tug or war between angels and devils (who discuss and argue about whether or not humankind are worth the trouble in the first place). What is not amusing is that director-writer-producer Ulli Lommel has created such a heartless, unfeeling film. It is significant that none of the characters emerge triumphant here; most are shattered by tragedies that Mr. Lommel reveals with unsubtle distance and a lack of compassion. His Brechtian approach creates a film in which the only reasonable viewer response is to detach emotionally from it and to not care; A DAY IN L.A. has, interestingly, received so little public distribution as to prop up my hypothesis. However odd it may seem, this response is far from Mr. Lommel's intent. In one vignette, a destitute woman (Suzanna Love) is robbed as she sits in her car, but the robber sees the hopelessness in her eyes and gives back her last few dollars. Such a scene could include redemption and emotional depth, but emerges as just flat. Under Mr. Lommel's inept staging and editing the scene fumbles around, complete with actor miscues and an under-rehearsed quality that is found only in student film productions. It is rare, indeed, to witness a film director in such serious regression. With the appearance of Helen Shaver as a beautiful devil who is locked in spiritual battle with the angel for control of the people in these vignettes, I thought the film would pick up. However, as with the handling on a conceptual level, Mr. Lommel is equally or even more unsure of what he's doing with the actors. Shaver and some other good performers (like Charles Hallahan, Alix Koromzay and Carolyn Seymour) underplay to the point of deadpan lifelessness - they are mere puppets, you might say. It is another unfunny Brechtian reference, consistent with the director's relentless drive to make a movie that is as inaccesible to the viewer as humanly possible.


3 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page