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Billed as the completion of an informal trilogy about Southern California musicians, following 1987's "Border Radio" and 1999's "Sugar Town," Allison Anders and Kurt Voss' "Strutter" is a genial throwback to the slew of deadpan indie comedies that followed in the wake of "Stranger Than Paradise" nearly three decades ago. It probably would have fared better commercially back then, but this breezy tale of Los Angeles hepcats, shot in retro-cool black-and-white, is enjoyable enough to attract scattered niche sales in all formats, possibly enhancing theatrical gigs by tying them to live musical ones.

CREDITS: Directed, written by Allison Anders, Kurt Voss. Reviewed on DVD, San Francisco, Oct. 16, 2012. (In Mill Valley Film Festival.) Running time: 86 MIN.

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Author:Harvey, Dennis
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Date:Nov 12, 2012
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