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The Life and Death of 9413, a Hollywood Extra (1928)

Not Rated | | Short, Drama | 17 June 1928 (USA)
This short experimental film tells the story of a man who comes to Hollywood to become a star, only to fail and be dehumanized (he is identified by the number 9314 written on his forehead),... See full summary »

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Robert Florey (concept), Slavko Vorkapich (concept)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jules Raucourt Jules Raucourt ... 9413 (as Raucourt)
Voya George Voya George ... The Star (as Voya)
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This short experimental film tells the story of a man who comes to Hollywood to become a star, only to fail and be dehumanized (he is identified by the number 9314 written on his forehead), after which he dies and goes on to Heaven where the number is removed. Written by George Schneiderman

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Short | Drama

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Not Rated
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Country:

USA

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17 June 1928 (USA) See more »

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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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A Must-See
19 July 2011 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

This short experimental film tells the story of a man (Jules Raucourt) who comes to Hollywood to become a star, only to find himself branded a lonely extra.

There is clearly talent behind this little-known film. Robert Florey, better known for "Murders in the Rue Morgue", directs. And his cinematographer is none other than Gregg Toland, who was the eyes behind many a major success, including "Citizen Kane".

This short shows that even as early as 1928, Hollywood had an appeal and glamor that would draw people in, only to be chewed up and spit out by the system. Actors are a dime a dozen... and while no picture would be complete without extras, they are nothing to the audience.


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