DVD - 2002
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A fledgling filmmaker, whose day job is as a film editor, abandons all reality to follow his sultry lead actress into the exciting futuristic fantasy life of her super-spy character in the film he is working on.


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Oct 02, 2014

Not sure why this bombed both critically and commercially. It didn't seem to get much of a release and those who saw it didn't really seem to appreciate it as the homage that it is. Directed by Roman "Son of Francis" Coppola, who has also worked on films by his sister Sophia, who has a cameo, and Wes Anderson, this is a lot of fun for fans of 60s Eurocinema, both high and low. Jeremy Davies is an American in Paris working on a cheesy sci-fi adventure film that is a mash-up of "Barbarella" and "Danger: Diabolik." He's also making a b&w, low-budget movie about his life. As a film about a filmmaker, it can't help but be compared with Fellini's "8 1/2," perhaps the greatest film ever made about a director, and Godard's more acidic "Contempt." Those who are familiar with these films will enjoy Coppola's playful references to them and appreciate the casting of John Phillip Law, the star of both "Diabolik" and "Barbarella." Great production design and a fine cast, including Coppola's cousin Jason Schwartzman, Billy Zane, Giancarlo Gianni, Dean Stockwell, Angela Lindvall, and a bloated looking Gerard Depradieu. A treat for the cineaste. It does seem a shame that neither Air nor Sterolab is on the soundtrack though. You might also like "Irma Vep."


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