Join us each week as “Magic City” writer-creator Mitch Glazer offers an insider’s guide to one critical scene from the 50s-era drama after it airs on Starz (Fridays, 10/9c).
For the sixth episode episode (“Suicide Blonde”), Glazer opens up about the real-life inspiration for the boxing match, and reveals a Fab Five connection to the Deauville Hotel!
Mitch Glazer: The boxing match at the center of this episode was inspired by the Ingemar Johansson – Floyd Patterson championship fight at the Fontainebleau Hotel on March 13, 1961. I remember hearing as a kid that mobsters from all over the country descended on Miami Beach for the fight and that the Boom Boom Room was buzzing with action all weekend. Our director, the amazing Ed Bianchi (who also directed episodes 2, 3 and 8) and I researched big hotel bouts of the day and decided to set ours in the elegant and vast Napoleon Room in the Deauville Hotel. I actually saw The Beatles play on “The Ed Sullivan Show” in the Napoleon Room in February 1964! It remains completely original — down to the immense crystal chandeliers. Our fight was a complicated, multi-camera operation that tested director Ed and our inspired cinematographer, Gabriel Beristain, but they perfectly nailed the violence and glamour of the night. These two gave the fight all the dark drama of a George Bellows painting.
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