Archive for the ‘Zeroville pages 31-45’ Category

The police let Vikar go and drop him off in downtown Los Angeles. That night Vikar sneaks into the Chinese Theater and sleeps on the stage behind the screen:

“All night, images from the movie fly over him, as though he’s lying at the end of a runway, below an endless stream of jetliners landing.”

For 4 months Vikar works as a handyman in the Roosevelt Hotel. On his days off, he walks in a neighborhood where Mae West and Norma Jean Baker (Marilyn Monroe) used to live, near Paramount Studios.

Vikar gets a job at a movie studio building sets. Vikar sees the film The Bicycle Thief (aka Bicycle Thieves).


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The police chief mistakenly identifies the characters in Vikar’s tattoo as James Dean and Natalie Wood (in Rebel Without A Cause).

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The police questioning continues, and Vikar is shown photos of the Tate murders. Actress Sharon Tate was married to director Roman Polanski.

There are no specific film references on this page.

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