Decay of Fiction
Decay of Fiction (2003)

L.A.'s legendary Ambassador Hotel provides the backdrop for director Pat O'Neill's avant-garde film The Decay of Fiction, which superimposes reenactments of classic Hollywood films onto shots of the dilapidated establishment.… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 2003
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Stephen Holden
New York Times

If there were more experimental films as entertaining as The Decay of Fiction, Pat O'Neill's luminous Hollywood ghost story, the notion of a thriving avant-garde cinema might not be so intimidating to the moviegoing public.

J. Hoberman
Village Voice

The fullest expression of [O'Neill's] career on the periphery of the dream-factory assembly line.

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Brian Mckay
eFilmCritic.com

Neither fact nor fiction, but some strange realm between ... a marvelous premise for a short film - but as a nearly feature-length exhibit it all begins to feel like a grueling exercise

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

The Decay of Fiction is an acid trip of a movie about a piece of Los Angeles history that exists no more: the Ambassador Hotel.

Maitland McDonagh
Miss FlickChick

Avant-garde filmmaker Pat O'Neill's haunting ode to pulp fiction and the now-vanished Ambassador Hotel is steeped in decaying California glamor and the ghosts of noir thrillers past.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Eight years in the making, this haunting and highly watchable 35-millimeter experimental feature by Pat O'Neill is partly a color documentary on the ruins of Hollywood's Ambassador Hotel and partly a speculative patchwork of its decaying 'fictions'.

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Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

The film's superimpositions, movie-dialogue samples, and audio-visual burps collectively suggest an acid trip.

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