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Hotel Noir (2012)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 27 September 2012 (USA)
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1950s LA: A police detective checks into a hotel with a bag of money, hoping to go away with Swedish Mary.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Malin Akerman ... Swedish Mary
Patrick Arthur Patrick Arthur ... Nightclub Patron (as Patrick Hyde)
Aaron Behr ... Paul
Michael Raif Brizzolara ... Mysterious Gentleman (as Michael Raif)
John Colella ... Barman Jack
Kevin Connolly ... Vance
Michelle Dawley Michelle Dawley ... Dancer
Rosario Dawson ... Sevilla
Lauren Dearmon ... Bettie Page Girl
Danny DeVito ... Eugene Portland
Isaac Eshete ... Melvin
Andrew Fiscella ... Otto (as Andy Fiscella)
Robert Forster ... Jim Logan
Carla Gugino ... Hanna Click
Michael B. Jordan ... Leon
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Los Angeles, 1958: a detective holes up in a downtown hotel awaiting killers to come get him. During the course of one night he will meet various occupants of the hotel and the truth of how he came to be in his present situation will be revealed. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

27 September 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

City of Sin See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Mono

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2.35 : 1
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Reunites Robert Forster with Carla Gugino after Karen Sisco (2003) and reunites the two of them with Cameron Richardson after Rise: Blood Hunter (2007) See more »

Alternate Versions

Hotel Noir is being re-released in color on DVD January 3 2017 with the new title "City of Sin" by Sony Entertainment. See more »

Soundtracks

Shiny Diamonds
Written by Eric Elbogen
Piano and Arrangement by Peter Smith
Vocals by Carla Gugino
Recorded, engineered and mixed at Stagg Street Studio by Erich Gobel
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A neo-noir labor of love
20 October 2016 | by XhcnoirXSee all my reviews

Los Angeles, late 50s. Police detective Rufus Sewell ('Dark City') steals a suitcase full of money from a group of robbers who just did a successful heist. He holes up in a hotel room while trying to think of his next move. In the course of the night he comes into contact with a string of people including shower door installer Danny DeVito ('L.A. Confidential'), nightclub singer Carla Gugino ('Sin City') and cleaning lady Rosario Dawson ('Sin City'), and as the movie progresses, all the links between the various characters become clearer and tighter.

Written and directed by Sebastian Gutierrez ('Gothika', 'Judas Kiss') this neo-noir somehow went under the radar and wasn't even theatrically released?! The cast above is well-known as is, but it also includes other well-known faces like Robert Forster ('Mulholland Drive') and Kevin Connolly ('Entourage')... In any case, it's a shame as this is clearly a labor of love. The movie plays out in a non-linear fashion with a lot of flashbacks, voice- over narration (by different persons) and people telling their side of things so gradually more and more information is revealed and how each person fits into the overall story. It's a neo-noir through and through, but it also stands out in many ways. Filmed in gorgeous black & white the movie starts off focusing on DeVito, before turning to Sewell... or is it really Gugino's story? Or someone else's? Because of the way it is told, paying attention is required, as well as sticking with it... Things are fairly slow at first because all the characters need to be introduced somehow, including some which do seem a bit redundant and don't add a lot to the end result. But as the pace of revealing information increases, so does the movie's level. It's not a perfect movie by any means, but a fairly unique neo-noir all the same and well worth watching. 7/10


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