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Seduced and Abandoned

James Toback
USA 2012 / 100’

In film, money is the devil’s plaything while an original idea is anathema – filmmakers should stick to the conventions that won awards. To the director’s discreet embarrassment and disbelief, producers offer this kind of wisdom on camera, though legends such as Coppola, Scorsese and Bertolucci as well as young popular actors, Jessica Chastain or Ryan Gosling, counterpoint the spiritual dimension of the creative process against and the dictate of numbers, names and surrealistic casting. Interviewees speak of film franchise horror, the medium budget crisis, and examine the history of the Cannes Film Festival, where world cinema talent and money meet in a clash of red carpet glamour with soulless number crunchers that leaves a bitter taste in the cinephile mouth.

Piotr Szcześniak

James Toback

Born in 1944 in New York, graduated from Harvard and Columbia Universities. Journalist and lecturer, entered the movie business as a scriptwriter. Often explored controversial, autobiographical themes in his movies – struggle against gambling addiction, unrestrained sexual appetite. Re-emerged victorious after financial flops of some of his movies, recently with a documentary Tyson distinguished with a Regard Knockout Reward at the Cannes International Festival.

Selected filmography

1978 Palce / Fingers

1982 Miłość i pieniądze / Love & Money

1987 Podrywacz artysta / The Pick-up Artist

1989 The Big Bang (doc.)

1999 Czarne i białe / Black & White

2004 Milion za noc / When Will I Be Loved

2008 Tyson (doc.)

2012 Uwiedź i porzuć / Seduced and Abandoned (doc.)

Prepared by: Piotr Szcześniak

Cast & Crew

director James Toback
screenplay James Toback
cinematography Ruben Sluijter
editing Aaron Yanes
music Dmitri Shostakovich
cast Alec Baldwin, Martin Scorsese, Bernardo Bertolucci, Ryan Gosling, Jessica Chastain, Francis Ford Coppola, Roman Polański, James Toback
producer Michael Mailer, Alec Baldwin, Alan Hellene
production Michael Mailer Film
sales HanWay / Festival Agency
language English
colouration colour