Hollywood on Hollywood Presented by Mubi

Fri, Sep 24th, 2021 to Thu, Sep 30th, 2021
Moviemakers have been turning the cameras on themselves since the beginning of the industry--even before the industry coalesced into its present form. Maurice Tourneur's A GIRL'S FOLLY offered an enchanting snapshot of the New Jersey film industry, circa 1916. As the Southern California studio system solidified over the course of the 1920s, silent satires like SHOW PEOPLE (1928) and the now-lost HOLLYWOOD (1923) gave movie-mad audiences an intimate look at a world they only knew through fan magazines. The coming of sound provided a new dimension of behind-the-scenes realism (or its studio-sanctioned facsimile) in films like WHAT PRICE, HOLLYWOOD? (1932), A STAR IS BORN (1937), and IT HAPPENED IN HOLLYWOOD (1937).
When Hollywood looks at itself, the glance is never straight on: the tension of the creative process is refracted and transformed, displaced and deranged. 'Hollywood Mirror' spans madcap industry comedies, knowing critiques of studio politics, and otherworldly fantasies where the dream kicks back. David Lynch's MULHOLLAND DRIVE is an alchemical triumph as unlikely as the careers of its moviestruck heroines: beginning life as a rejected TV pilot in the wake of TWIN PEAKS, MULHOLLAND DRIVE twisted in on itself until it emerged as a prismatic meditation on performance, desire, and betrayal. Vincente Minnelli's THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL is a poison pen valentine from the heart of MGM, a no-holds-barred melodrama that oscillates between class and trash as if changing costumes. Robert Townsend's independently-produced HOLLYWOOD SHUFFLE pulls no punches in cataloging the evergreen stereotypes that stifle Black talent in the industry and delivers a satire that's equally hilarious and relevant over three decades later. Frank Oz's BOWFINGER takes a lighter approach, but this winning Steve Martin-Eddie Murphy romp uses the most threadbare blockbuster approach to raise durably profound/absurd questions about modern celebrity: can the publicity machine conjura star performance from nothing at all, with the star's consent optional? Robert Zemeckis's WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT charts nothing less than an alternate history of Hollywood, where cartoons and live-action stars live side-by-side and Los Angeles boasts the most robust public transportation system in the country.

About MUBI:

MUBI is a curated streaming service presenting beautiful films from all across the world — a new one, every single day. From iconic directors, to emerging auteurs.  We're excited to partner with The Music Box Theatre to celebrate the return of movie theaters with a special program of films that highlight the cinematic experience. So whether you're revisiting an old favorite, or discovering one for the first time, we'll see you at the movies!

Visit mubi.com/musicbox now to stream 30 days of beautiful cinema, for free.

The Bad and the Beautiful

A FILM BY: Vincente Minnelli
WRITTEN BY: Charles Schnee, George Bradshaw
STARRING: Lana Turner, Kirk Douglas, Walter Pidgeon

Unscrupulous movie producer Jonathan Shields (Kirk Douglas) is a child of Hollywood who ruthlessly toils his way to the top of the studio system, discarding movie star Georgia (Lana Turner), director Fred Amiel (Barry Sullivan) and writer James Lee Bartlow (Dick Powell) along the way. Although Shields manipulates them and leaves each in despair, they find success in Hollywood, thanks in part to Shields, and must decide whether or not to repay him when he offers them a collaborative project.

Technical Information

Production Year: 1952
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 118 mins
Format: 35mm


A FILM BY: Frank Oz
WRITTEN BY: Steve Martin
STARRING: Steve Martin, Eddie Murphy, Heather Graham

On the verge of bankruptcy and desperate for his big break, aspiring filmmaker Bobby Bowfinger (Steve Martin) concocts a crazy plan to make his ultimate dream movie. Rallying a ragtag team that includes a starry-eyed ingenue (Heather Graham), a has-been diva (Christine Baranski) and a film studio gofer (Jamie Kennedy), he sets out to shoot a blockbuster featuring the biggest star in Hollywood, Kit Ramsey (Eddie Murphy) -- only without letting Ramsey know he's in the picture.

Technical Information

Production Year: 1999
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 97 mins
Format: 35mm

Hollywood Shuffle

A FILM BY: Robert Townsend
WRITTEN BY: Robert Townsend, Keenen Ivory Wayans
STARRING: Robert Townsend, Craigus R. Johnson, Helen Martin

Aspiring actor and hot-dog stand employee Bobby Taylor (Robert Townsend) catches the ire of his grandmother (Helen Martin) for auditioning for a role in the regrettably titled exploitation film "Jivetime Jimmy's Revenge." When Tinseltown Studios casts Taylor in the title role, he has a series of conflicted dreams satirizing African-American stereotypes in Hollywood, and must reconcile his career goals with his desire to remain a positive role model for his little brother (Craigus R. Johnson).

Technical Information

Production Year: 1987
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 78 mins
Format: 35mm

Mulholland Drive

A FILM BY: David Lynch
WRITTEN BY: David Lynch
STARRING: Naomi Watts, Laura Harring, Justin Theroux

Featuring a Pre-Show Musical Set and Post Film Q&A with Rebekah Del Rio Plus Autograph Session | Please Read Our Covid Notice Below Before Purchasing Tickets

Blonde Betty Elms (Naomi Watts) has only just arrived in Hollywood to become a movie star when she meets an enigmatic brunette with amnesia (Laura Harring). Meanwhile, as the two set off to solve the second woman’s identity, filmmaker Adam Kesher (Justin Theroux) runs into ominous trouble while casting his latest project. David Lynch’s seductive and scary vision of Los Angeles’s dream factory is one of the true masterpieces of the new millennium, a tale of love, jealousy, and revenge like no other.

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All MULHOLLAND DRIVE attendees entering the Music Box Theatre will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, or have proof of a negative PCR test within the past 72 hours. Proof will need to be shown at the door before entering. Maximum capacity for these screenings are 700 persons. The COVID situation is ever-evolving and the above is our current plan to ensure the wellness of all who attend this event. If any of this changes, we will alert all ticket buyers and update this webpage accordingly.



Technical Information

Production Year: 2001
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 147 mins
Format: 35mm

Shadow of the Vampire

A FILM BY: E. Elias Merhige
WRITTEN BY: Steven Katz
STARRING: John Malkovich, Willem Dafoe, Udo Kier

F. W. Murnau (John Malkovich) is struggling to create his silent classic “Nosferatu” on location in Eastern Europe. The director is obsessed with making this the most authentic vampire movie ever. To that end, Murnau has employed a real vampire, Max Schreck (Willem Dafoe), explaining to the crew that he is the ultimate of that new breed, the “method actor” — trained by Stanislavsky himself. Schreck will appear only in character and only at night, taking the role of a vampire far more seriously than seems humanly possible...


Technical Information

Production Year: 2000
Country of Origin: United States
Language: Estonian
Run Time: 92 mins
Format: 35mm

Who Framed Roger Rabbit

A FILM BY: Robert Zemeckis
WRITTEN BY: Gary K. Wolf (novel), Jeffrey Price (screenplay)
STARRING: Bob Hoskins, Christopher Lloyd, Joanna Cassidy, Kathleen Turner

Down-on-his-luck private eye Eddie Valiant (Bob Hoskins) gets hired by cartoon producer R.K. Maroon (Alan Tilvern) to investigate an adultery scandal involving Jessica Rabbit (Kathleen Turner), the sultry wife of Maroon's biggest star, Roger Rabbit (Charles Fleischer). But when Marvin Acme (Stubby Kaye), Jessica's alleged paramour and the owner of Toontown, is found murdered, the villainous Judge Doom (Christopher Lloyd) vows to catch and destroy Roger.

Technical Information

Production Year: 1988
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 104 mins
Format: DCP

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