Footprints: Hollywood Fantasy Gone Wrong on the Steps of the Chinese Theatre
Graumans Chinese Theatre is the epicenter of Old Hollywood glamour as well as an irresistible magnet for those who desperately dream in widescreen in Footprints, a fairy tale written and directed by Steven Peros (The Cats Meow playwright) about a woman (Sybil Temtchine) who awakens, without her memory, on the movie palaces celeb-imprinted front courtyard. Her amnesiac odyssey leads her to run-ins with tour guides, a homeless man, a costumed Catwoman and Supergirl who have her pose as Wonder Woman for sightseers, two Golden Age specters (Pippa Scott and H.M. Wynant), and a Scientologistencounters that playfully speak to the driving ambition, entrancing glitz, and ingrained racial inequality of the film industry, not to mention the bleaker, generally unfulfilled yearning of its wannabes. Infused with amiable nostalgia, the unreal atmosphere of Footprintsin which the past and future both feel within reach, and the ordinary and extraordinary exist in simultaneously close and distant proximityis more affected than alluring; its performances exhibit similar artificiality thats compounded by nonstop underlined dialogue. Rife with classic-cinema shoutouts, the film is a cutesy, toothless variation on Mulholland Drive, one whose attempts to pay tribute to movie magic are ultimately undercut by stagey aesthetics and narrative theatricality.
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