In the Dark

Fly Boy

The Aviator
Produced by Warner Bros. and Miramax Films
Directed by Martin Scorsese
Screenplay by John Logan
Distributed by Warner Bros.

From the late 1920’s to the late 1950’s, Howard Hughes seemed to own the world.  Backed by the wealth of his father’s patented oil-drill business, he moved from Houston to Los Angeles in 1925 at age 20 to indulge his two passions: aviation and movies.  There, he became an upstart filmmaker who broke Hollywood’s rules, producing films that exceeded normal budgets ten-times over and successfully flouting the censors with projects such as Scarface (1932) and The Outlaw (1943).  At the same time, he was a champion pilot who broke speed records flying cross-country in 1936 and 1937 and then around-the-world in 1938.  The public was abuzz with his accomplishments and pruriently intrigued by rumors that he enjoyed the favors of a floating harem of stars and starlets.  By the late 40’s, however, Hughes began to succumb to a weird congeries of phobias and obsessions, exacerbated by a massive addiction to codeine and Valium.  As time went on, he increasingly isolated himself from the world behind a phalanx of creepy retainers who catered to his every childish whim, no matter how bizarre, unlawful, or depraved.  At his command, this palace guard sealed his rooms with masking tape...

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