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Thirty years ago, Tony Morales opened his hair salon on Hollywood Boulevard with dreams of catering to the rich and famous, instead he became a father figure to the many bit actors, ... See full synopsis »

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Juliet Snowden
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Thirty years ago, Tony Morales opened his hair salon on Hollywood Boulevard with dreams of catering to the rich and famous, instead he became a father figure to the many bit actors, outsiders, and runaways who had come to Los Angeles in hopes of a better life. HOLLYWOOD HAIR tells the compelling story of an unlikely 'family' that exists in the shadows of the world's most famous boulevard -- a place where dreams are born and die every day. Shot in stark black and white as a contrast to the typical glamorized images of Hollywood, this offbeat film shows a very real and unforgettable side of Tinseltown that most have never seen.

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In the shadows of the world's most famous boulevard, this is the place the lost call home.


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14 October 2012 (USA) See more »

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a scruffy, sweet postcard of broken dreams
26 October 2012 | by alrodzSee all my reviews

Documentaries generally fall into two categories: just-the-facts-ma'am Jack Webb verite, or subjective, immersive me-and-my-camera-wanna-tell-you-a-story stories. In between the cracks, you find wonderful docs like Hollywood HAIR that achieve a kind of stumbled-upon poetry. Following the driftwood patrons of a Tinseltown barber shop and its hairdressers, Hollywood HAIR unfolds like a packet of long-lost love letters to those wide-eyed, open-hearted dreamers just off the bus and the aging ingénues whose glamor shots have faded in their frames. Filmmaker Juliet Snowden whittles down years of footage into an essential document about perception and reality, about looking the part and parting with the look that will never be achieved, though many die trying. A sweet, elliptical and lyrical film.


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