2017 Movie #83: The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996)

2017 Movie #83: The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996)

All too often, biopics can feel incredibly weighty, and earning the often deserved title of “Oscar-bait”. This term may sound cynical, but it’s also certainly true that these films are often created with the sole intention of awards contention.

The great Czech director Miloš Forman, in The People vs. Larry Flynt (and later in 1999’s Man on the Moon, a film which I have great affection for), bucks these biopic trends, creating complicated portrayals of historical figures, films that defy the usual genre convention in favor of a real feel for the sense and style of the era, and the personality of the figures depicted.

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