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Young And The Dead
     

The Young And The Dead

 
A documentary about the Hollywood Memorial Park Cemetery, resting place of such screen legends as Rudolph Valentino, Tyrone Power, Cecil B. DeMille, Douglas Fairbanks, and Janet Gaynor, The Young and the Dead profiles the history and personalities behind the cemetery's famous name. Under previous owner Jules Roth, Memorial Park existed in a state of disrepair,

Overview

A documentary about the Hollywood Memorial Park Cemetery, resting place of such screen legends as Rudolph Valentino, Tyrone Power, Cecil B. DeMille, Douglas Fairbanks, and Janet Gaynor, The Young and the Dead profiles the history and personalities behind the cemetery's famous name. Under previous owner Jules Roth, Memorial Park existed in a state of disrepair, and its reputation was scarcely helped by Roth's refusal to allow minorities to be buried there -- including Oscar winner Hattie McDaniel. Under new owner Tyler Cassity, however, the cemetery has joined the digital age, implementing technological advances that include video biographies of its star residents. Among the documentary's highlights is the re-internment of McDaniel, buried in the cemetery almost 50 years after her death.

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All Movie Guide - Tom Wiener
Like Errol Morris's brilliant Gates of Heaven, The Young and the Dead is an investigation into the culture of interring and remembering the dead. Morris's film dealt with loving pet owners who wanted to have a place to remember their companions, and he deftly avoided turning his film into a freak show. With Hollywood Memorial Park Cemetery, Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini have a bigger canvas on which to paint: the ongoing American obsession with celebrity. For the first half-hour or so, as we're introduced to the history of the park and its new owner, Tyler Cassity, who comes off like a character out of The Loved One with his slick if earnest talk of marketing and multimedia presentations, the film flirts dangerously with condescension. But it gets stronger and less judgmental as it goes along; Cassity's sincerity, buttressed by his young and enthusiastic staff, begins to charm and the various strands of history surrounding the park get more fascinating. In addition to the re-internment of Hattie McDaniels, the film's other highlight is footage from a promotional film made in the early 1970s by Robert Evans and Mike Nichols to stave off the sale of neighbor Paramount Pictures' backlot property to the cemetery. Now, that's entertainment.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/04/2003
UPC:
0026359201424
Original Release:
2000
Rating:
NR
Source:
Hbo Home Video
Region Code:
1
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital Surround]
Time:
1:30:00

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Closed Caption; [None specified]

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Hollywood Forever
2. Selling It
3. Media
4. The Visionary [2:11]
5. The Regulars
6. The Romantic
7. Making Amends
8. The Reign of Roth
9. The Ghost Returns
10. The Future
11. The Competition
12. The Futurist
13. The Producer
14. The Filmmaker
15. The Neighbor
16. Bud Testa
17. The Extrovert
18. The Lady in Black
19. The Valentino Memorial
20. The Accident
21. A Few Monts Later/End Credits

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