Warren Beatty and ‘Dick Tracy’ will open 2011 Hero Complex Film Festival

May 04, 2011 | 8:04 a.m.

dick tracy1 Warren Beatty and Dick Tracy will open 2011 Hero Complex Film FestivalFourteen-time Oscar nominee Warren Beatty — the very definition of the Hollywood hyphenate as world-famous leading man, an acclaimed director and an elite producer — will be the opening-night guest for the 2011 Hero Complex Film Festival to celebrate his 1990 hit “Dick Tracy” and talk about the film future of a square-jawed character who is celebrating his 80th anniversary as an iconic crime-fighter in American pop culture.

Beatty directed  “Dick Tracy,” which was nominated for seven Academy Awards and won three. He also starred as the title character, leading a stellar cast that included Al Pacino, Madonna, Dustin Hoffman,  Glenne Headly, Charlie Korsmo, Mandy Patinkin, Dick Van Dyke, William Forsythe, Kathy Bates, Charles Durning, James Caan, Paul Sorvino and Catherine O’Hara. The legacy of the film and Beatty’s aspirations for the property have been back in the news, which will be part of the onstage discussion following the screening of the film.

Tickets are now on sale for the Hero Complex Film Festival, which runs June 9-12 at The Chinese 6 Theatre in Hollywood (the venue previously known as Mann Chinese 6).  Los Angeles Times staff writer Geoff Boucher, the creator and lead writer of the award-winning Hero Complex website, will conduct the onstage interviews.


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9 Responses to Warren Beatty and ‘Dick Tracy’ will open 2011 Hero Complex Film Festival

  1. Dee Segall says:

    Loved this movie and have seen it several times. The bright colors used for everything in the movie was super and it would not have been the same with subdued colors. Every actor was great. Loved 88 keys and Maddona's duet. They shoud hook up again. It lived up to being a comic on film.

  2. Arye Michael Bender says:

    As I recall it, 'Dick Tracy' is a very bland picture. Not a quality I expected from Warren Beaty.

  3. Jess Q. says:

    I was in love with this movie (and Warren Beatty as Dick Tracy) when I was little. I had the toy watch, and a bunch of other Disney Store junk, and I still remember the awesome live stage show at Videopolis at Disneyland. I only found out recently Beatty was like 45 years older than me at the time. Damn, he didn't look it.

    Anyway, haters gonna hate. I'd be first in line to see a Dick Tracy sequel.

    • Ryan says:

      Agree completely. Fun film, visually striking. Beatty did a great job of bringing the comic to life with his use of primary colors and elaborate matte work.

  4. Lyle Noorlun says:

    How does one enter a movie short to this festival?

  5. Clay McBride says:

    I felt DICK TRACY was essentially an example of everything 'wrong' in how to approach making a comics-adapted feature. It was all surface, no depth. The lighting was hideously deliberate 'four-color' inspired. It just felt like a film absolutely in love with itself–having little or no regard as to how it impacted its audience. It has become a tedious cliche to have to suffer through yet another 'Hollywood Genius' take on how to 'fix' a time-honored classic. Of course adaptations, allowances, insights, and adjustments need take place to effectively transfer a title from the comics world to the world of feature films. Sadly, however, all these 'clever insights' on how to improve these venerable gems almost always end up being self-indulgent distractions, pulling us away from the narrative heart of the original inspiration, and burying the original classic under pointless noise, confusion, and–incredibly–even more flat, 'cartoonish' and unbelievable narrative nonsense. Just my 'two cents plain' on the matter.

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