Larry Karaszewski on

Mike’s Murder

Released 1984
Distributor Warner Bros.

Although filmed in 1982, James Bridges’ film maudit did not see the light of a projector until 1984, and even then in very limited release. In the meantime the writer-director’s version of the death of a drug dealer went under the studio knife and saw its non-linear storytelling conventionalized into a standard narrative. The result joins the likes of The Red Badge of Courage and The Magnificent Ambersons as compromised but still compelling mutant movies that have yet to be reconstructed. Here’s an intriguing essay on the film by Peter Avellino: Mr. Peel’s Sardine Liqueur: The Ephemeral Is Eternal

About Larry Karaszewski

Larry Karaszewski with his writing/directing/producing partner Scott Alexander won the Best Screenplay Golden Globe for The People vs. Larry Flynt and was nominated by the Writers Guild of America for the cult favorite Ed Wood.  Other credits include writing the Milos Forman film Man on the Moon, adapting the Stephen King story 1408, producing Paul Schrader's Auto Focus, and writing/producing the upcoming Tim Burton feature Big Eyes.  Larry is an active Los Angeles cineaste serving on the board of advisors for the Cinefamily and  hosting a long running film series for the American Cinematheque.