Sunday, November 3, 2013

Seduced and Abandoned

If you've ever wanted an inside look at what it takes to get a film financed outside the studio system, then this documentary is for you.  Alec Baldwin and director James Toback take their pitch of a 'Last Tango in Paris'-esque film, which would feature Baldwin and Neve Campbell, to the Cannes Film Festival, where investors go to finance independent films.  The problem is, neither Baldwin nor Campbell are big screen names anymore, and getting the $15M to $20M they want to make the picture is anything but easy, even with Baldwin's current uber-fame from the small screen, the stage, and the media.  The film is packed with really interesting, candid interviews with Baldwin, Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, Ryan Gosling, Jessica Chastain, Bernardo Bertolucci, Roman Polanski, James Caan, and plenty more.  Film buffs will really find it interesting, even if it is a little off-putting watching millionaires beg billionaires for money.

You can see 'Seduced and Abandoned' now on HBO.

Grade: A-

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