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Trailers from Hell: Karyn Kusama on John Huston's Boxing Neo-Noir 'Fat City'

Photo of Trailers From Hell By Trailers From Hell | Thompson on Hollywood September 11, 2013 at 12:35PM

Auteurs! week continues at Trailers from Hell with director Karyn Kusama introducing John Huston's 1972 film "Fat City," starring Stacy Keach, Jeff Bridges and Susan Tyrrell.
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Stacy Keach and Susan Tyrrell in "Fat City"
Stacy Keach and Susan Tyrrell in "Fat City"

Auteurs! week continues at Trailers from Hell with director Karyn Kusama introducing John Huston's 1972 film "Fat City," starring Stacy Keach, Jeff Bridges and Susan Tyrrell.

John Huston’s career rebounded after a series of boxoffice duds when this downbeat neo-noir boxing movie became a surprise critical and commercial success. “When you say you want to go to Fat City, it means you want the good life”, explains Leonard Gardner, author of the book and the screenplay. Strikingly shot by Conrad Hall in the long-since-demolished skid row area of Stockton, California.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.