Buzz

This documentary by Spiro N. Taraviras profiles A.I. Bezzerides—a former trucker, a novelist, a generous friend to William Faulkner, a poor businessman, and the formidable screenwriter of They Drive by Night, On Dangerous Ground, Thieves' Highway, Track of the Cat, and Kiss Me Deadly. It's marred by muddy digital images, randomly selected clips that are usually drawn from trailers (and labeled as such even when they aren't), belated identification of the interviewees, and lack of distinction in appraising the subject's work (Kiss Me Deadly and the minor Beneath the 12-Mile Reef get roughly equal attention). But Bezzerides speaks at length on camera, and despite all the obstacles his sweet and salty personality comes through loud and clear. PG-13, 118 min.

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