The Long Haul of A.I. Bezzerides

56mins2005Arts and CultureTVPG
Fay Efrosini Lellios
A.I. BezzeridesBarry GiffordGeorge PelecanosJules DassinMickey Spillane
An captivating documentary portrait, THE LONG HAUL OF A.I. BEZZERIDES charts the journey of reclusive novelist, poet and screenwriter Albert Isaac Bezzerides (1908-2007) - best known for writing such film noir masterpieces as Jules Dassin's Thieves Highway, Nicholas Ray's On Dangerous Ground, and Robert Aldrich's Kiss Me Deadly. Ninety-seven at the time of filming, Bezzerides offers colorful reflections on why he and his typewriter need to keep creating honest characters and stories. Through rare photographs, film excerpts, haunting music by Fugazi, and testaments to his progressive creativity from other writers including crime novelist George Pelecanos (HBO's The Wire) and Barry Gifford (Wild at Heart, Lost Highway), this intimate film beautifully celebrates the life and work of this proletariat storyteller.
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