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Two Weeks in Another Town (1962)

Approved | | Drama | 21 December 1962 (West Germany)
After spending three years in an asylum, a washed-up actor views a minor assignment from his old director in Rome as a chance for personal and professional redemption.

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Maurice Kruger
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Carlotta
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Veronica (as Dahlia Lavi)
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Clara Kruger
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Brad Byrd
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Barzelli
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Janet Bark
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Lew Jordan
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Tucino
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Zeno
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Tom Palmer ...
Dr. Cold Eyes
Erich von Stroheim Jr. ...
Ravinksi (as Erich Von Stroheim Jr.)
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Storyline

Former film star Jack Andreus is released from a sanitarium where he has lived for the previous three years, suffering from alcoholism, a traumatic automobile accident, and a severe mental breakdown. He's been offered two weeks of dubbing work in Rome by Maurice Kruger, his old director, who himself is near the end of his fading career and under pressure from his parsimonious Italain producer to finish his picture on time and under budget. Jack is also pressed from a manipulative ex-wife, a rising but self-destructive young star, the director's shrewish wife, and a temperamental Italian diva who requires handling with kid gloves. When the Kruger suffers a heart attack, Andrus views the opportunity as a last chance at the redemption of his personal life and professional career. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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...only in Rome could this story happen...

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$3,959,000 (estimated)
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The Maserati Jack is given to drive is a 1960 3500 GT Vignale Spyder. Only 242 were made. Fully restored, these cars can easily go for well into six figures at auction as of 2016. This particular car, serial number AM101.1007, as of 2005 was still in existence. After having originally been sold in Italy, it has made its way through various owners in California, then the Netherlands and Germany, and then back to the USA. The last known photographs of this car shows it has since been painted red. See more »

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While shooting the film, after Jack kicks Barzelli to stop her temper tantrum, he directs her to "reach for the ring" and she immediately does so. She should have waited until the translator had given her the instruction in Italian. Just a few minutes before that, the translator told Jack that she didn't understand a single word of English; therefore, she should not have reacted to Jack's English command. See more »

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Jack Andrus: [Listening to her dubbing an Italian actress's dialogue on the film he's working on] No, Liz, no, that's not quite it.
Liz - voice dubbing specialist: Oh, it sure isn't. I'm *lousy* today!
Jack Andrus: [giving her an idea on a way to improve her lousy dubbing] Say, Liz... what do you love most in the world?
Liz - voice dubbing specialist: Umm... food!
Jack Andrus: Hey, uh, you remember that ice cream parlor, Wheelwright's, on Sunset Strip? Those huge, luscious banana splits, a dollar a throw?
Liz - voice dubbing specialist: Worth every penny!
Jack Andrus: Well, next time you dub, you think to yourself...
Jack Andrus: [...]
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Opening credits: We are grateful to the academy of motion pictures arts and sciences, copyright owners, for permission to use the academy award statuette. See more »

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Features The Bad and the Beautiful (1952) See more »

Soundtracks

Don't Blame Me
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Music by Jimmy McHugh (1932)
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Sung by Leslie Uggams
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Camping out for two weeks in another town...
16 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What the heck were they thinking? Oh, I get it: Take the success of "La Dolce Vita", infuse it w/ the elements of a behind-the-scenes look into the tawdry goings on of a troubled Hollywood production and transplant it back to Rome (Say, "Cinecitta", boys and girls!). And for good measure, have a director w/ an Italian sounding name take responsibility for it.

Trashy camp only begins to describe the little seen(and therefore intriguing to self-confessed cinephiles--we have TCM to thank) "Two Weeks In Another Town"(1962), but what a gloriously colorful bit of camp it is. Director Vincente Minnelli is an acknowledged master of color and---I don't know what else. The dialog has to be heard to be believed("Don't swallow all those pills! The doctor will have to come up and pump your stomach. You know how much that sickens me!"). Everybody spits, dribbles and sweats acid in this movie. Need it be said that everyone overacts? It's a wonder anything at all was left of the scenery after they chewed it up! And having pretty boy George Hamilton play a knife-wielding bad boy is a bit much, no? One exception is the young Daliah Lavi who left the bad acting to the two other women principals (Cyd Charisse and Claire Trevor)and just let her natural charms show through. She's even more fetching here because she looks to have more meat on her bones than in her subsequent roles( The Detainer in the OTHER Casino Royale).

Kirk Douglas as the main character who gets to do the thankless job of saving a movie in trouble after its director(Edward G. Robinson) suffers a heart attack tries to do the same thing w/ this movie and barely succeeds. A plus, though, is that he tools around in(and gets to trash) a cool-looking Maserati convertible. Watching that car alone is worth it. As for the rest of the movie, it's like bad tabloid reportage. We know it's trash, but we can't keep our eyes off it!


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