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A new trailer for The Humbling has been revealed.
The drama sees Al Pacino star as an ageing theatre actor who has an affair with a younger woman, played by Greta Gerwig.
Pacino spoke about the movie recently at the 2014 Venice Film Festival, saying he was attracted to the role because of the contrast between his character's "tragic fall" and "a lot of comedy".
He added: "The character is getting older and the feelings he has for his work are becoming less available to him, so he tries to compensate and becomes a little off and confused and slips into a kind of depression that expresses itself in his work."
Pacino also said of himself: "I may be depressed, but I don't know about it. »
Barry Levinson is back at Toronto after delivering the dull eco-horror-thriller The Bay back in 2012 (my review here), this time with Al Pacino in The Humbling based on Philip Roth's final novel. Today, after the film has already premiered at the Venice Film Festival, the first trailer has arrived ahead of its North American premiere here in Toronto. The film tells the story of a legendary stage actor (Pacino) who has an affair with a lesbian woman half his age at a secluded country house in Connecticut. Mandy Patinkin, Dianne Wiest and Greta Gerwig co-star. Watch the trailer below, I'm currently looking to see this one on Friday. sb id="984729" height="360" width="640" »
- Brad Brevet
Al Pacino plays a once-beloved actor with a very healthy libido in the first trailer for The Humbling. The dramedy stars Pacino as Simon Axler, a stage legend whose career highlights are long behind him. As he struggles to land his next gig, he turns heads by dating his friend's much younger daughter (Greta Gerwig), whom Simon refers to as a "flirtatious lesbian." In the trailer, Simon discovers a very unusual way to cause extreme bodily harm to himself. Translation: Do not try this at home. Charles Grodin, Dianne Wiest, Kyra Sedgwick and Mandy Patinkin co-star. Barry Levinson
- Ryan Gajewski
Looks like Al Pacino is tired of playing Al Pacino. The method actor, whose propensity for big booming soliloquies has made him an icon for budding acting students everywhere, appears to have become an introvert in the new trailer for The Humbling.
Does the title suggest that the ‘humbling’ is indeed in reference to its lead? Perhaps. The story, based on Philip Roth’s final novel of the same name, focuses on retired theatre actor Simon Axler (Pacino), who meets a lesbian half his age (Greta Gerwig) while on vacation in a Connecticut country home. The pair embark on a relationship during which we can assume Pacino realizes something key about himself. Why the promotional materials state that Gerwig’s character is a lesbian is baffling. More than that, it’s an annoying reinforcement by Hollywood of Lgbt stereotypes. All that any gay woman really needs is a grizzled thespian to turn them. »
- Gem Seddon
Among Barry Levinson’s filmography, which includes movies such as Rain Man and Wag The Dog, is the 2010 HBO feature You Don’t Know Jack, which explored the life of Jack Kevorkian, and featured Al Pacino in the lead role. In his first movie since 2012, Levinson once again works with Pacino, this time on an adaptation of a Philip Roth novel. Titled The Humbling, the movie sees Pacino play a washed-up actor who becomes suicidal, leading to a stay at a facility where he strikes up a relationship with a younger woman, played by Greta Gerwig. Dianne Wiest, Dan Hedaya, and Charles Grodin also star in the feature, and a new trailer has now been released ahead of the film’s North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. A public release date for the film, which is co-written by Levinson and Buck Henry, has not been announced. The trailer, »
- Deepayan Sengupta
The first The Humbling trailer for director Barry Levinson’s (Rain Man, Wag the Dog) upcoming comedy has landed online. Based on the novel of the same name by author Philip Roth, the film stars Al Pacino as a retired stage actor in decline who strikes up an affair with a “flirtatious lesbian” (Greta Gerwig) while staying at a secluded country house in Connecticut. The film premiered at the Venice Film Festival to rather mixed reviews, and indeed this trailer is a bit of a mixed bag itself. There are portions of the film that look incredibly funny and the cast is phenomenal, but the romance aspect between Pacino and Gerwig’s characters feels off and a little strange (the “turning a lesbian” storyline again, really?). There’s no denying the talent of this cast, though, and I still find myself curious to see full film. Watch The Humbling trailer after the jump. »
- Adam Chitwood
Exclusive: Al Pacino headed over to Toronto after a whirlwind stint in Venice where he had two films to promote: The Humbling and Manglehorn. Both are also on their way to Canada where Pacino is being honored this evening. Directed by Barry Levinson, The Humbling surprised folks at its Sala Grande premiere here on the Lido. The movie arrived with no advance marketing and ended up charming audiences who didn’t know much about it going in — least of all how funny it is. It’s about aging stage actor Simon Axler who has “lost his appetite,” the buzzed about Pacino told me when we sat down together Sunday. “He’s lost his desire and I think that is a scary thing because he doesn’t realize why.”
Pacino acquired the Philip Roth source novel and saw it as a tragicomedy. “I don’t think you can go into that »
- Nancy Tartaglione
Art sort of imitates life in "The Humbling," a small indie movie starring Al Pacino as an aimless washed-up actor.
Some critics are saying "The Humbling" and "Manglehorn" (both of which debuted at the Venice Film Festival) represent a comeback for Pacino. Judging by the new trailer for "The Humbling," he's at least going in the right direction.
Pacino bought the rights to the story, written by Philip Roth, and produced it himself. He plays an aging theater star who has "lost his appetite," as the actor told Deadline. He starts to get his mojo back when he romances a much younger lesbian (Greta Gerwig).
- Kelly Woo
Presenting the Nominated Supporting Actresses of 1989. Motherhood was the loose theme of the shortlist with a determined mom (Brenda Fricker) facing off against a determined-to-be-a-mom bride (Julia Roberts). Add in 1986's Oscar winner in this category (Dianne Wiest) as a mom so exasperated maybe she wished she hadn't become one in one of 89's top ten box office hits. Rounding out the list was a late breaking pair of women with claims on the same married man. Only one of them is married to him but... well, let's just say it's complicated. It's complicated for all five of these women.
Then-unknown Irish character actress Brenda Fricker, gifted with a screen partner who would go on to become Oscar's most-winning Best Actor, took the gold. But the other four were in-demand hot commodities. Lena Olin who had emerged the year before (The Unbearable Lightness of Being) as a memorably »
- NATHANIEL R
France’s Metropolitan Film Export, Italy’s Ambi, Lionsgate U.K., AOne Films for the Cis and Latin America’s California Filmes are among the territories snapping up the film. ICM Partners handles U.S rights; Canadian distributor is Vvs Films.
“The Humbling,” based on Philip Roth’s novel, was made on a highly contained budget precisely to avoid dependence on pre-sales and market pressures, Levinson said during an interview at at Venice’s Hotel Cipriani.
“This is the most home-made movie in the festival,” Levinson said proudly. That should be taken literally. “Humbling” was shot at Levinson’s home in Connecticut, »
- John Hopewell
An actor prepares to face the final curtain of his career in “The Humbling,” director Barry Levinson’s free-form adaptation of Philip Roth’s penultimate novel, about a star of stage and screen beginning to lose the tricks of his trade (and possibly his grasp on reality). In one of those curious quirks of timing, Levinson’s film arrives hot on the heels of another polymorphous movie about an actor in crisis, Alejandro G. Inarritu’s “Birdman,” in whose deservedly large shadow it may be doomed to dwell. But where Inarritu’s exuberant style piece calls to mind the likes of Fosse and Fellini, “The Humbling” feels closer to the intimate theater/film hybrid works of Andre Gregory and Wallace Shawn (“My Dinner With Andre,” “Vanya on 42nd Street”) in its lo-fi aesthetics and gently playful sense of art imitating life imitating art. , though doing so will surely prove to be an uphill climb. »
- Scott Foundas
Barry Levinson’s new drama, The Humbling, has a lot of elements going for it. First of all, it has an opening night launch at the Toronto International Film Festival on Thursday, after its premiere in Venice this week, which is hopefully a good sign. Second, it has a controversial 2009 novel from Philip Roth as its source material. Third, it has a terrific ensemble, including Al Pacino, Greta Gerwig, Dianne Wiest, Mandy Patinkin, Kyra Sedgwick and Charles Grodin. Also, classic comedy writer Buck Henry (The Graduate) worked on the screenplay. Now, the first clip from the film has landed online and it is as raw and wrenching as we have come to expect from Roth’s work.
This early clip from The Humbling is bruising and bitter, with Gerwig hard to like as a woman who abandoned her relationship and did not return to her lover’s hospital bed in the aftermath of his surgery. »
- Jordan Adler
Woody Allen’s back catalogue casts a long shadow across contemporary romantic comedy. His tropes and trademarks are as ingrained into the collective sense memory as mother’s perfume. At the first tremble of a clarinet, mutter about mortality or meander across a Manhattan neighbourhood, we inhale the nostalgia like Bisto kids. And arguably we’d never have met Harry and Sally, walked the Sidewalks of New York or dined alongside Friends with Money without his influence.
The Longest Week is peppered with Woody base notes. Over the course of seven days, Conrad (Jason Bateman) has been stripped of the safety net of his wealth and the cushion of his ego, moved in with his cynical best friend (Billy Crudup) and accidentally fallen in love with his girl (Olivia Wilde). His eventual dilemma – to be or not to be a better man – is as timeless as Annie Hall.
Now, to coincide with its DVD release, »
- Emily Breen
The Supporting Actress Smackdown of '89 arrives on Sunday August 31st, two weeks from now. We'll be celebrating 1989 here and there until then as "the year of the month". You need to get your votes in, too, (instructions at the end of the post). If you've wandered in from elsewhere and are like, "What's a Smackdown?," here's how it started and here's last month's entry on 1973 with its companion podcast. The year in question this time is celebrating its 25th anniversary.
no, these ladies are not the panelists
The Smackdown Panel for August
Without further ado let's meet the voices who will be watching and discussing the '89 hits Steel Magnolias and Parenthood. They'll also be sounding off on the Oscar-winning bio My Left Foot and the underseen actressy curio Enemies: A Love Story. Stay tuned.
Kevin B Lee
Kevin B. Lee is a filmmaker, film critic and »
- NATHANIEL R
Hattie is judging you. Stop with your fiddle-dees and choose a 'Best Shot' alreadyI'm like one of those horrible teachers that gives you endless homework. But I hope in the end when you graduate you'll be all 'he was the best. O Captain My Captain' and whatnot. But here's what you should be watching for maximum participatory glee here at The Film Experience as the summer draws to a close.
Retro: To close out "Best Shot" we'll be celebrating Gone With the Wind in two parts for its 75th anniversary year on August 19th (pre-intermission) & August 26th (post-intermission) and The Matrix on September 2nd (if you've always wanted to participate, why not now?); Anne Marie will look at Long Days Journey Into Night and Guess Who's Coming To Dinner as she hits the glorious 1960s in "A Year With Kate". And we'll be celebrating a few films from 1989 leading up »
- NATHANIEL R
The world is just, quite simply, not nearly as funny a place now as it was just a few hours ago, before the tragic death of legendary comedian and actor Robin Williams. For nearly 40 years, the man kept us in stitches in ways only he could, with an impeccable delivery and an unmistakable charm that is often mimicked but never equaled.
As the world mourns this comedy legend, we take a look back at our 16 favorite Robin Williams performances, some in classics that are beloved the world over, and some in overlooked and/or underrated gems that deserve to be noticed.
While some actors spend years paying their dues in thankless guest starring or supporting roles on film and TV, it didn't take Robin Williams long to find a foothold in Hollywood. His appearance as the alien Mork on one episode of Happy Days was so popular it lead »
Since I spent the last week completely absorbed in Supporting Actress Smackdown '73 (with a side of Into the Woods spazzing) I didn't have as much time to write. I'm super proud of this month's two part event (written & podcasted) and I'm so tempted to make Dana Delany's impression of Sylvia Sidney my new ringtone. I thank StinkyLulu for letting me be the Whitney to his Dolly. But here's a handful of other highlights you may have missed if you too had a busy week where one project stole your life. The team jumped in since I was smackdowning.
A Dame to Shill For cosign Jason's bigscreen/smallscreen lust for Eva Green's talent
Bergman's Ghosts Cries and Whispers is the greatest haunted house movie. But who or what is doing the haunting?
Is Lucy racist? Matthew refuses to see it
Hepburn's Hair Anne Marie shares a hairography theory »
- NATHANIEL R
Family: You can't live with 'em, you can't live without 'em - so you might as well make a movie about them. That's exactly what Ron Howard did with Parenthood, which hit theaters on August 2, 1989. The story of four siblings working to raise their children right and keep their sanity at the same time, this movie was (and still is) relatable to moms and dads of all generations. Since its release, Parenthood has gone on to inspire two different TV shows, and it serves as an adorable archive of big stars in their early years. In fact, one of Bryce Dallas Howard »
- Kelli Bender
Paula Pell is a "SNL" legend who's written for the show since the mid '90s. She helped developed the Spartan cheerleaders, Debbie Downer, and plenty more classic characters, but on "Late Night with Seth Meyers" last night she proved she's a hilarious comedic presence as a talk show gabber too. Watch as Pell arrives onstage in a questionable outfit and continues to slay throughout the interview. And in part two of her interview, Pell discusses the movie she wrote that stars (get ready) Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Rachel Dratch, Dianne Wiest, and Kate McKinnon. Let's start squealing for it now. »
- Louis Virtel
Nostalgia and the lingering sting of eras lost to the sands of time have cropped up in a number of Woody Allen’s lengthy list of features, but never with such heartfelt remembrance of his own childhood as he portrays so entertainingly in Radio Days. Constructed as a sort of anthology of aurally recalled memories centered around a middle class family in Rockaway Beach and the radio celebrities of the day, Allen’s Cannes preemed and Oscar nominated 1987 film (Best Original Screenplay & Art Direction) celebrates the golden age of radio with the sharp-witted auteur’s signature neuroticism, an unusual visual pizzazz and a surprisingly melancholic air that lingers long after the credits roll.
It’s said that smell is the sense most intensely tethered to memory, but Allen seems keen to argue that point by organizing the film around an outstanding set of songs and faux radio shows from the »
- Jordan M. Smith
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