Before Las Vegas, there was the Sunset Boulevard. Its history is more than just sex, drugs, and rock and roll. It was and still is one of the hottest streets in the entire United States.
If you are looking for a documentary that chronicles the history of this magical place, you need to watch this Sunset Strip documentary.
It is far from boring and packed with interesting nuggets about the Strip. The film follows a chronological order beginning from the 1920’s to the 2000’s. Some of the stars who lived in the Strip and are part of its history share some of their greatest old stories as well.
The documentary is an excellent mixture of stills, late interviews, and vintage home-movie footage and movie clips. If you ever been to the Strip or lived there for a while, watching this documentary will fill you with nostalgic feelings.
Rodney Bingenheimer, who is a prominent figure in the music business in Las Vegas spanning several decades share some of his experiences in the Boulevard. He told some great stories about the glam era on the Strip. Mickey Rourke also shares some of his stories and experiences in the context of the film with Mark Mahoney the legendary tattoo artist on the Strip since 1981.
There are also a bunch of great comedians sharing their stories, of them Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols, Johnny Depp who is a master story teller also share his experience with founding the Viper Room. There are just too many stars to mention them all. From the latest start on the Strip, Kelly Osbourne shares more stories about her music and experience on the Strip.
It is a documentary that transports you to re-live the memories of such great celebrities such as Ozzy Osborne and Sharon Stone, Peter Fonda, and Dita Von Teese.
There is also material and reminiscences of both River Phoenix and John Belushi’s deaths on this legendary Strip. It has a long history filled with the sad and happy moment, packed with drama and glamor too.
One story that will stick to your memory is Peter Fonda’s recalling of being arrested and asking passing actor Bob Denver for help.
The documentary features a logical sequence of events taking you from when the Strip was just a road in the middle of the desert to 2010. It contains footage from all those different generations. The strip has so many histories, and this documentary tells the story in much detail.
You’ll get to tour historical, glamorous hotels and night clubs like the Garden of Allah, The Château Marmont, and Piazza Del Sol. Learn about long forgotten brothels and comedy clubs, too.
In its beginning the Sunset Boulevard was a barren road, connecting Hollywood’s studios to Beverly Hills. Many celebrities join the conversations to share their personal histories living the American Dream, those facts you won’t find in textbooks.
In the beginning, there was the Garden of Allah, much more than a brothel; it was a hotel (now, ironically, it’s a cleaning service). Filled with debauchery, sex, and decadence. No, not Allah of the Muslims. The hotel was owned by silent actor Alla Nazimova whose Garden inspired Hollywood’s elite and their followers to flock to the Strip.
That’s was the foundation of the mythical Strip as a mecca of decadence and self-indulgence, according to the film. This movie will tickle your Hollywood fascination and reveal secrets you didn’t know before.
The Strip also attracted gangsters and gamblers, who were blinded by easy money and opportunity as they descended upon the Strip in the 1950’s. The documentary goes into many further details about Mickey Cohen’s story, one of the most dangerous men to ever set foot in the Strip.
The Strip’s glamor started to fade a little when the rise of night life became more popular in Las Vegas. The bands who ruled the night clubs started to leave the scene as teenagers swarmed to the Strip during the social, sexual revolution of the sixties. The rock and roll of the dark fifties evolved into protest music. It was the time of partying in the street and riot police marching.
The 1970’s witnessed some serious partying by metal bands and their metal head fans who partied like fiends. There was also punk bands, and later hair bands of the 1980’s.
The closing of Tower Records music store in 2006, one of the cornerstones of the Strip pulled the final curtain on decades of insane partying. However, the immortal Strip continue to attract swarms of new faces and personalities like a moth to the flame as the time passes, and the legend keeps growing.
The Strip was the birthplace of many music bands, movie stars, actors, and writers. Sammy Davis, Motorhead, and Kenneth Anger, to name (a very) few.
It is a documentary that’s captivating to watch from the first to the last minute. It is an important piece of history, and the puzzle of pop culture in the United States as well.
You’ll certainly enjoy the story of how various music genres came into being and how they evolved, especially during the fifties and sixties. From decade to decade, different styles and people occupied the Strip, contributing with their souls. They made the Strip what it is today, and this overdue Sunset Strip documentary help you travel through time and witness it as it unfolds.
The Sunset Strip always had a dangerous vibe that has attracted all sorts of people from all around the world. If you are a music fan, you will be most definitely intrigued by the Strip. And when you walk down the Strip, you will feel the history of this fantastic place.
You and I will probably never know who lived in the Strip and when who passed through or visited. The Strip gave lives and took them away. This movie is but a glimpse into the intriguing history of one of the craziest periods in Las Vegas.