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Sometimes last year, I stumbled upon this clip on YouTube, and I really enjoyed it. Only later, did I discover this is a trailer from an actual film, Hotel Noir.

I’ll say the truth, I didn’t watch the film, because as I googled around in search of info about it, I discovered basically nobody liked it. Pity too, because the idea sounds cool:

This slight tale tracks Felix, a detective holed up in a room at the Biltmore in 1958 Los Angeles, awaiting his death at the hands of gunmen. In the lobby, bar and hallways, Felix meets other characters, all with reasons of their own for being there.

The New York Times, 11 October 2012

I still like this trailer a lot.

Hotel Noir Official Site
The Hollywood Reporter Film Review
Hotel Noir on Rotten Tomatoes

HOTEL NOIR (2102) How to speak noir is a nice clip in itself, great in its noir mood and visuals. It's also the trailer of a noir film, Hotel Noir, regrettably not as great


  • Andrew Leon Hudson
    Posted June 13, 2015 at 08:21

    Good concept for a trailer!

  • lupachi1927
    Posted June 14, 2015 at 15:45

    Awww that’s a shame, it looks like it could have been fun. What did people say was so bad about it? Based on the trailer images alone, it can’t have been that bad compared to like 85% of the noir films that actually came out of the 1950s, hehe…

    • Post Author
      Posted June 14, 2015 at 17:38

      Most reviews said the plot was illogical and very hard to follow or believed and that it was never clear whether the film was an homage to classic film noir or if it was a parody.
      This last issue seems particularly problematic to me. Or isn’t it?

  • Mimesis Heidi Dahlsveen
    Posted June 15, 2015 at 18:40

    A pity yes.

    • Post Author
      Posted June 19, 2015 at 08:19

      It is. I find the trailer simply fantastic 🙂

  • Celine Jeanjean
    Posted June 18, 2015 at 14:33

    That’s a real shame – the trailer is really clever! I asked Bard Constantine about the language in his book actually, I didn’t know the noir genre that well but I absolutely love the slang!

    • Post Author
      Posted June 19, 2015 at 08:21

      It is a lot of fun. I wish my use of the English languege would allow me to use more of slang. I do use some in my story, but for me it’s always a bit tricky.

      Hey, I’m totally going over to Bard’s interview!!!!!

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