Living in Oblivion Movie Review Summary

Actors: Steve Buscemi, Dermot Mulroney, Catherine Keener

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Tom DiCillo's Living in Oblivion pokes fun at low-budget filmmaking. The story unfolds largely on a bare-bones film stage, in a grimy New York warehouse. Steve Buscemi plays Nick, a writer/director shooting an indie feature, where everything goes wrong. An older actress flubs her lines, a Hollywood star (supposedly based on Brad Pitt and played by lookalike James LeGros)has a hissy fit, props fall down at inopportune times, and romantic intrigues behind the scenes affect what's going on in front of the camera. In fact, it's touch-and-go as to whether Nick will be able to successfully complete his film.
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The movie is divided into three parts, each featuring a different film genre and involving dreams. The first, in which Nick is shooting a family melodrama, turns out to be his nightmare. The second, a frothy romance, is the leading lady's dream, and the third is the actual film being shot, involving a dream sequence.

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Plot & Themes

Comedy, primarily    -   Yes Time/era of movie:    -   1980's-1999 Comedy or Parody about    -   new yorkers    -   comedy about making a movie How much humor v. drama    -   Nearly all humor

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American


City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York

Writing Style

Any profanity?    -   A lot of foul language

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