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Buzz is a memorable, absorbing and illuminating profile of the legendary Hollywood scriptwriter (and acclaimed novelist) A. I. "Buzz" Bezzerides from Director N. Taraviras. His most notable credits are Robert Aldrich's timeless Kiss Me Deadly (1955), Jules Dassin's Thieves' Highway (1942) and Raoul Walsh's They Drive By Night (1940). Bezzerides quickly became known as "the King of Noir" -- in fact, no less an authority than Francois Truffaut reckoned the Bezzerides-scripted Juke Girl (1942) to be America's first real film noir. The man himself is well… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The documentary tale of a Hollywood screenwriter -- not just any writer but A.I. (for Albert Isaac) 'Buzz' Bezzerides, a movie writer, as it turns out, for the ages."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"... an insightful look at a remarkable behind-the-scenes life and slice of American and Hollywood history."
‑ Carina Chocano, Los Angeles Times
"Even though it's too long and needs editing, for anyone interested in Hollywood folklore, this is a must-see."
‑ Tony Medley,
"[The] film traverses Buzz's career with reasonable depth, helped by good-quality trailers from several pics."
‑ Derek Elley, Variety
"... [A] warm and wide-ranging documentary ..."
‑ Scott Foundas, L.A. Weekly
"... we sure get what makes Buzz distinctive ..."
‑ Bob Strauss, Los Angeles Daily News
"... a good 30 minutes could come out of this 124 minute film to its benefit ..."
‑ Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter
"Buzz laid much of the foundation for the genre that became known as film noir on which the Tarantino's and Soderbergh's now firmly stand."
‑ Tim Cogshell, Boxoffice Magazine
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