Defining dialogue: "Daylight is a dream if you've lived with your eyes closed." New York playwright comes to L.A., checks into the Hotel California, descends into hell. The Coens' retro-surrealist slice of postmodernism has a little something for everyone -- there are nods to William Faulkner and Clifford Odets, "Sullivan's Travels" and "The Shining" -- and was also their first movie set in the movie capital of the world. "We like L.A. fine," Joel says. "But never for a moment have we ever felt like anything but outsiders there."
Melinda Sue Gordon
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