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.
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.
The review of this Movie prepared by Elana Starr