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Seduced and Abandoned 2013

  • James Toback
  • October 18, 2013
  • 100 mins
  • English
  • Documentary
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.


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Alec Baldwin and James Toback go to Cannes in order to raise money for a project they are working on.

This is a frank look at the modern day movie business, peppered with interesting interviews from giants like Coppola, Polanski, Scorsese & Bertolucci. Baldwin and Toback seem to meander through different conversations loosely based around financing films.

It’s not a documentary for everyone, but if you are interested in the politics and hustling that goes behind pitching a movie, Seduced and Abandoned is definitely worth your time. At some point we even sit in on pitches, watching Toback try to work his magic to secure cash. The project changes shape based on who he’s talking to and how much money is on the table.

There’s maybe a bit too much of an “it was better back in the day” vibe, but it was refreshing to hear frank discussions about marketability and profitability. Despite struggling to get funding, Baldwin and Toback do occasionally strike gold with this documentary.


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00:47:49 - Ryan Gosling - Final take screen performance right there.

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