DINER, Barry Levinson, and Baltimore Film Hailed in March 2012 Vanity Fair Article

On the set of the Fells Point Diner, 1981; the diner itself had been trucked to Baltimore from New Jersey. From left: Tim Daly, Mickey Rourke, Daniel Stern, Kevin Bacon, Steve Guttenberg, and Paul Reiser. Photo courtesy of Paul Reiser.

Between November 23rd and December 10th, 2011, the Maryland Film Festival kicked off the 30th anniversary celebration of Barry Levinson‘s classic film, DINER, with a retrospective of his Baltimore films and a special screening of his documentary ORIGINAL DINER GUYS, which follows the real-life characters that inspired DINER.

Vanity Fair has tapped into Barry Levinson‘s cultural legacy with an amazing article in next month’s issue on Levinson, Baltimore film making, and the lasting impact of DINER.

“For a little movie without special effects, dramatic reveals, or cutting-edge sex scenes-a movie about nothing at all, really-Barry Levinson‘s 1982 comedy, DINER, caused a tectonic shift in popular culture. It paved the way for Seinfeld, PULP FICTION, The Office, and Judd Apatow‘s career, and made stars of Mickey Rourke, Kevin Bacon, Ellen Barkin, and Paul Reiser. Three decades later, S. L. Price reports how a novice director and his raw cast broke all the rules-and stumbled into genius.”  (-excerpt from the Vanity Fair article, click here for the full article in the March 2012 issue of Vanity Fair)

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