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Seduced and Abandoned (2013)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 8 November 2013 (UK)
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An exploration of several interconnected subjects: The Cannes Film Festival, cinema art, money, glamor and death.

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James Toback

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Credited cast:
James Toback ... Himself
Alec Baldwin ... Himself
Jessica Chastain ... Herself
Bérénice Bejo ... Herself
Diane Kruger ... Herself
Neve Campbell ... Herself
James Caan ... Himself
Martin Scorsese ... Himself
Bernardo Bertolucci ... Himself
Brett Ratner ... Himself
Roman Polanski ... Himself
Francis Ford Coppola ... Himself
Ryan Gosling ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ashok Amritraj ... Himself
Arpad Busson Arpad Busson ... Himself
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SEDUCED AND ABANDONED combines acting legend Alec Baldwin with director James Toback as they lead us on a troublesome and often hilarious journey of raising financing for their next feature film. Moving from director to financier to star actor, the two players provide us with a unique look behind the curtain at the world's biggest and most glamourous film festival, shining a light on the bitter-sweet relationship filmmakers have with Cannes and the film business. Featuring insights from directors Martin Scorsese, 'Bernando Bertolucci' and Roman Polanski; actors Ryan Gosling and Jessica Chastain and a host of film distribution luminaries. Written by Anonymous

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The movie business is the worst girlfriend in the world. You are seduced and abandoned over and over again.

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Alec Baldwin: The movie business is the worst lover you've ever had in terms of, you go back again and again and again. And you go back seeking to recreate this experience you want to have. You go back with another chance to do something that you want to do, in movie-making and movie-going. You are seduced and abandoned, over and over and over again."
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Symphony No. 5 in D Minor, Op. 47, Allegro non troppo
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A Treat For Movie Buffs
21 September 2014 | by larrys3See all my reviews

In this HBO Documentary film, filmmaker James Toback (The Gambler, Bugsy, Tyson) and actor Alec Baldwin trek to the Cannes Film Festival, in May of 2012, to try and raise money for their proposed movie. Although, this film may be more geared to film buffs, a moniker I can unabashedly admit to, I thought it offered lots and lots of wit and humor, as well as wonderful insider stories from those in the movie industry.

They meet with distributors, billionaires, heads of movie studios, and film stars such as Ryan Gosling, Jessica Chastain, Berenice Bejo, Diane Kruger, and James Caan. They also talk to some of the real greats in filmmaking, such as Coppola, Polanski, Scorcese, and Bertolucci. I thought almost all these meetings and interviews were remarkably candid and enjoyable.

I might mention one story told by Francis Ford Coppola. After winning 6 Oscars from the "Godfather" movies, he couldn't get financing for his next movie, so in frustration he threw his Oscars out the window and they smashed into smithereens. However, his mother came along, picked up the shattered pieces and took them to the Academy to get replacements, telling them the maid accidentally broke them.

We get to see how the movie industry has changed over the past decades, and it can be quite the sad portrait. Now, it seems unless you're trying to finance a high budget franchise film, your chances of receiving funding for a mid-range movie, even with known stars, is extremely difficult. A lot of the distributors and investors admit that they don't even care about the quality of the script, just in the profit projections from their money people.

Just to mention as the interviews are progressing, photos or film clips of the subjects or persons they're discussing appear briefly on a split screen. My biggest objection to this style was that the clips were not left on screen long enough so I had to use my pause button quite a bit. Also, there are some scenes where strong sexual connotations or language are explicitly used, for those sensitive to that.

All in all, as mentioned this documentary may appeal mostly to film aficionados, I found it quite humorous and interesting from start to finish.


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