Above, a frame from “I Am the Night” showing what I have to assume is Dr. George “Evil Genius” Hodel presiding over a meeting of the Hollywood Minotaur Club.
I was looking over the cast of “I Am the Night,” the upcoming TNT mini-series “inspired by a true story” and noticed that Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff appears somewhere or other. There are so many ludicrous claims in the Dr. George Hodel/Black Dahlia Avenger franchise that it’s hard to keep them all straight. I think the rather dubious claim is that Rachmaninoff encountered young George Hodel at some point and was impressed with his prowess as a pianist or a composer.
But you know who’s missing from the cast? Man Ray! That’s right!! The surrealist artist that Dr. George Hodel supposedly idolized so much that he butchered the Black Dahlia in a surrealistic way in homage to … uh-oh. I better stop before my head explodes.
You would think six episodes would be ample time to work in Man Ray for at least a moment. But nope, evidently he doesn’t get any screen time. Is it possible that the Man Ray Trust refused to grant permission for someone to portray him in this little project “inspired by a true story?”
I’ll just leave that right here.