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The Life and Death of 9413 - A Hollywood Extra Reviews

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ElCochran90
Super Reviewer
January 15, 2014
With an imagery inspired by German Expressonism impactful enough to intimidate any aspiring actor to ever step into the Hollywood industry, this interesting and nearly budget-less experimental short film by Robert Florey makes a strong negative commentary against how the system does not recognize any identity of its actors (and therefore assigning a random number like any good dystopian novela would understand), sucking all possible life out of people.

I have always said it and I'll gladly repeat it: Lack of budget pushes filmmakers to replace lack of means with creativity and/or vision. This is no exception. In general, that's a law found in silent experimental cinema. Unfortunately for the sake of the film, the lack of budget is TOO evident, but the attempt to create something haunting is also noticeable. In this way, we get a visually interesting descent into an individual's oblivion since a "number" has been assigned to his forehead, looking up to "leading actors", being recognized by nobody, while the men in charge of the industry are portrayed as clapping seals.

The most interesting aspect for me was the drastic duality that the short established between Heaven and Hollywood.

84/100
October 16, 2011
This experimental short film from the 20s is pretty awesome. Its funny and smart, and has some fantastic visuals...from the cinematography to the effects. It's a funny satire on the Hollywood system, and I think it is quite successful.
October 17, 2010
Dingue, et truffé de très bonnes idées. 4.
½ March 27, 2008
Interesting short made in 1928 by Robert Florey and Slavko Vorkapich. Praised by Fairbanks and Chaplin, this satire tells about the ambition of a young actor, set to share the glamour of Hollywood stars, in vain. All he gets is a number (9413) and the opportunity to appear as an extra, when the casting director allows him. His personality is totally wiped off, but not so his debts: he dies in poverty. Once in Heaven, a caring hand will erase the humiliating number off his forehead. Made with a shoestring budget, this short is superbly photographed by Gregg Toland (who will later film Citizen Kane, among others). The vaguely expressionist settings are reminiscent of Fritz Lang's Metropolis.
December 31, 2007
Probably my favorite short film ever. Words can't really explain, you just need to see it.
October 14, 2007
So funny! Avant-garde films can be hilarious and still challenge conceptions about a given art form.
August 27, 2007
They just don't make them like they used to.
August 22, 2007
perfect for what it is, this is the kind of film i would like to make
½ July 25, 2007
Visualmente interessantssimo. O experimentalismo e cenrio "improvisado" do um charme ao filme.
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