At the screening, both men showed up to walk the red carpet in crisp navy suits and took their bows from a gilded box high up in the theater.

About 90 minutes later, a somewhat less elegant crowd trod the same red carpet for the premiere of Darren Aronofsky's brilliant drama The Wrestler, starring Mickey Rourke. The actor--his hair in dreads, his belly spilling out from his gold-flecked vest--was followed by a posse of beefy wrestlers. Also in attendance was the film's producer, Scott Frankel, dressed in a mac daddy-style pinstripe suit and brown-and-white spectator shoes, which Aronofsky couldn't resist mentioning when he took the stage. "Nice shoes," he quipped more than once during his speech.