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A hip indie version of Truffaut's Day for Night, Living in Oblivion celebrates the very act of filmmaking as grand folly, a triumph of absurdist heroism.
A very funny picture that presents the world of independent film making as a nightmare of conflicting egos, budgetary squalor and incompetence.
"Oblivion" has a surrealistic, guilty-fun quality. It feels almost too good to be true.
So you wanna make a movie? Well, first, you should see "Living in Oblivion," Tom DiCillo's savagely funny satire of the world of independent filmmaking.
The segment in which Nick (Steve Buscemi) attempts to film a dream sequence (not unlike the famous one from TV's Twin Peaks) featuring a dwarf named Tito (Peter Dinklage) is worth the rental/purchase price alone.
DiCillo effectively uses dream sequences and black-and-white film to spoof the pretentiousness of indie films, but remains thoughtful and clever throughout. And every performance is spot-on.
Probably the best and funniest of the mid-'90s crop of movies about making movies.
A valentine to the independent film world, DiCillo's version of Truffaut's Night for Day offers a smart, amusing look at the perils of low-budget filmmaking; the ensemble acting is superb.
Really clever little comedy about low-budget filmmaking with Buscemi at his best.
Sluggish, dumbly overpraised farce about an indie movie I would never see, but I still might pick over this one.
Meaty and witty, the sort of product that rewards a closer examination even as it buggers intimacy.
A documentary masquerading as fiction.
A must see for ANYONE who has ever worked on a low budget indie.
Proof that Steve Buscemi needs to be a leading role in more movies. Gotta say, I wasn't taken in at first, but being too lazy to change the movie, it ended up being a pretty awesome film. Even from just directing movies for fun I understand how much it can drive you crazy and how nothing ever goes right.
Meta. I just wanted to say meta.
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