The program will close with a screening of Julia, touted by Ebert as one of the finest films released in 2009. Erick Zonca's character-driven thriller, starring the fearless Tilda Swinton, barrels straight into the sleazy wasteland of an abrasive alcoholic kidnapper who is in way over her head.
"It's an honor to pay
In Tinsel Town, where impressing friends is as routine as litigation or elective surgery, David Francis threw caution to the wind in 1992 when he bought his first home in a dilapidated pocket of Hollywood. "It was a real ghetto, full of transvestites, graffiti and gang members," says Francis, a novelist and lawyer. "Friends were afraid to visit in case their cars were stolen."
But he turned a blind eye to the seediness because he was taken with the house's history: it was one of a complex of eight houses built in the 20s by Paramount Studios for visiting screenwriters. And he was charmed by the traces of English and French cottage architecture, with fake beams, elegant, panelled windows, a 20ft glass-paned living room ceiling and a rustic
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