Silver Screen Fiend: Learning About Life from an Addiction to Film
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The instant New York Times bestseller from author, comedian and actor Patton Oswalt, a “heartfelt and hilarious” (USA TODAY) memoir about coming of age as a performer during the late 1990s while obsessively watching classic films at a legendary theater in Los Angeles. “[Oswalt has] a set of synapses like a pinball machine and a prose style to match” (The New York Times).
Between 1995 and 1999, Patton Oswalt lived with an unshakable addiction. It wasn’t drugs, alcohol, or sex: it was film. After moving to Los Angeles, Oswalt became a huge film buff (or as he calls it, a sprocket fiend), absorbing classics, cult hits, and new releases at the famous New Beverly Cinema. Silver screen celluloid became Patton’s life schoolbook, informing his notion of acting, writing, comedy, and relationships.
Set in the nascent days of LA’s alternative comedy scene, Silver Screen Fiend chronicles Oswalt’s journey from fledgling stand-up comedian to self-assured sitcom actor, with the colorful New Beverly collective and a cast of now-notable young comedians supporting him all along the way. “Clever and readable...Oswalt’s encyclopedic knowledge and frothing enthusiasm for films (from sleek noir classics, to gory B movies, to cliché-riddled independents, to big empty blockbusters) is relentlessly present, whirring in the background like a projector” (The Boston Globe). More than a memoir, this is “a love song to the silver screen” (Paste Magazine).
Night Café and Secret Santa. I can never know for sure, but I’ll bet the inspiration about the gifting of the self-portraits pleased and comforted him far more than The Night Café ever could. What the fuck was I doing? I’d been in Amsterdam almost a week, and despite spending most mornings walking around and seeing the chess clubs, museums, red-light districts, Anne Frank House and pot cafés, I was also spending a good portion of my afternoons holed up in my hotel room, devouring Criterion
footage of shadowy, man-shaped but ostensibly female dancers to be projected behind him when they performed at the Palladium on March 26. He asked us. We are tragically, hopelessly man-shaped, Brian and I. So we squeezed into garters and nighties, threw boas around our necks and danced for the cameras. Our silhouettes were captured for eternity. Maynard and his crew took some still photographs of our journey into half-assed cross-dressing. At one goofy juncture, I sat on the toilet and pretended
[note: last screening at the Four Star] [note: 2/27–3/2 attended Aspen Comedy Arts Festival] Saturday, March 1, 1997 This Is Spinal Tap Stage 3 Theatre, Aspen Monday, March 3, 1997 The File on Thelma Jordon Tales Café Thursday, March 6, 1997 Microcosmos New Beverly Cinema Saturday, March 8, 1997 Private Parts Mann’s Chinese Theatre Sunday, March 9, 1997 Utu Nuart Tuesday, March 11, 1997 Donnie Brasco Beverly Connection
Theater, San Francisco Saturday, October 18, 1997 Shall We Dance? Bridge Theater, San Francisco Sunday, October 19, 1997 The Game Kabuki 8, San Francisco Monday, October 20, 1997 I Walked with a Zombie Tales Café Wednesday, October 22, 1997 Mad Love and The Devil-Doll Warner Grand Theatre, San Pedro Thursday, October 23, 1997 Blow-Up New Beverly Cinema Friday, October 24, 1997 The Philadelphia Story New Beverly Cinema
to Washington and It Happened One Night Cinerama Dome Wednesday, February 17, 1999 The Virgin Spring New Beverly Cinema Friday, February 19, 1999 Jawbreaker Galaxy Cinema Sunday, February 21, 1999 Man of the West New Beverly Cinema Tuesday, February 23, 1999 On the Waterfront and From Here to Eternity Cinerama Dome Friday, February 26, 1999 Weekend New Beverly Cinema Wednesday, March 17, 1999 The Brandon Teena Story Nuart