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    In no particular order but a few that Give me a kick. Sullivan’s travels, Contempt, day of the locust, once upon a time in Hollywood, beware of a holy whore.
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    Day for Night, Hail Caesar!, Singin' in the the Rain


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    In no particular order, films on film, TV and the entertainment industry in general -


    La Dolce Vita; 8 1/2; Annie Hall; Sunset Boulevard; Stardust Memories; Swimming with Sharks; the Player; Barton Fink; Ed Wood, the King of Comedy (more about TV/standup); Diary of a Young Comic (more about the standup); Punchline; the Blazing Saddles (the ending); the Producers (the original from 1967, about theater); 42-nd Street (a musical about musicals); the Last Tycoon; Get Shorty; the Adaptation; Saving Mr. Banks; Tropic Thunder; Hooper; Bowfinger; Boogie Nights (a roman a clef about John Holmes and the porn industry); Man with a Movie Camera (a classic NEP era film about film making); Heart of Darkness (about the making of Apocalypse Now); My Dinner with Andre (more about theater); All That Jazz (about musical theater), Lenny; Tootsie (TV soaps), Man on the Moon; the Stunt Man; My Favorite Year; Star 80; the Spinal Tap, Fitzcarraldo .... and many more


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    In addition to the great films already mentioned:

    Modern Romance, just for this scene. Actually, there are a few other filmmaking scenes, IIRC, but the film's not focused on filmmaking. But it is pretty great.




    The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou

    Bowfinger

    Adaptation

    The Player

    Ed Wood

    Get Shorty


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    Many good ones have already been mentioned. A more obscure film that best captures the unglamorous, desperate and seat of your pants chaos that is indie filmmaking is Living in Oblivion. James Legros character is based on a young Brad Pitt, whom the director had a not very enjoyable experience with on his previous movie. More recently, Dolemite is My Name was a lot of fun.
    "Money doesn't make films...You just do it and take the initiative." - Werner Herzog


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    Been a long time since I’ve viewed it but Fassbinders Veronica Voss deserves another look.


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    DLD really piled them in there, but I want to shout out again for The Stunt Man. It's a truly wonderful film with great performances, an it captures the spirit & atmosphere of a film crew on location trying to tell a tale. I know a lot of people who were inspired to join the business specifically because of that movie.

    Second to that I'd suggest Truffaut's Day for Night for much the same reasons.
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    DLD does really have a good list... Barton Fink is maybe my favorite of all time.

    I would also add - Wag the Dog - since I just rewatched it a few nights ago (Hollywood with a political bent).


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    Quote Originally Posted by Batutta View Post
    A more obscure film that best captures the unglamorous, desperate and seat of your pants chaos that is indie filmmaking is Living in Oblivion.
    I came here to mention this film and only this film. And Batutta, you beat me to it.

    Living in Oblivion is the ultimate 90s independent film about 90s independent filmmaking.

    It stars Steve Buscemi. Need I say more?

    Okay, it's got Peter Dinklage. Dermot Mulroney plays the DP. He's hilarious. Honestly my favorite is Danielle von Zerneck, as Jekyll-and-Hyde Assistant Director.

    It's like Office Space, except for those who work in film.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mitch Gross View Post
    DLD really piled them in there, but I want to shout out again for The Stunt Man. It's a truly wonderful film with great performances, an it captures the spirit & atmosphere of a film crew on location trying to tell a tale. I know a lot of people who were inspired to join the business specifically because of that movie.
    As Mitch already knows, I'm one of those people. We talked about it recently because of the passing of director Richard Rush. It's a big weird jangly surreal film and it may be feeling its age in some ways (not sure how many 14 year olds today would respond to it the same way I did when it came out), but it manages to capture things about the film industry in a way that no other film has.
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