Romance & Cigarettes (2005)

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Romance u0026 Cigarettes: Directed by John Turturro. With James Gandolfini, Susan Sarandon, Kate Winslet, Steve Buscemi. This down-and-dirty musical set in the world of working-class New York tells the story of a husband’s journey into infidelity and redemption when he must choose between his seductive mistress and his beleaguered wife.

“A film truly worthy of the Coen brothers. If you like their films, youu0026#39;ll love this one. It was not surprising to see that they were the producers. John Turturrou0026#39;s original script and direction make this a very fresh and enjoyable experience. The actors must have enjoyed making the film as this comes across very strongly.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eThe choice of backdrop – New York suburbs and anonymous looking workersu0026#39; housing – only serves only to emphasise the colourfulness of each of the characters. Like Robert Altmanu0026#39;s films, the banal is turned into the extraordinary using popular music and quite original camera work. Personally, I donu0026#39;t see this film as a u0026quot;musicalu0026quot; in the sense that the music is not used to tell the story but rather as mood pieces for various scenes.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eThis is one of the few films that I will invest in the DVD as soon as it is out.”

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