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Two Weeks in Another Town (1962)

Approved  |   |  Drama  |  21 December 1962 (West Germany)
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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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Davie Drew
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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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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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The old film of Kirk Douglas's character Jack that is being screened is The Bad and the Beautiful (1952). See more »

Quotes

Lew Jordan: Jack, got a minute?
Jack Andrus: I'm in a hurry.
Lew Jordan: Too much of a hurry to make a lot of money?
Jack Andrus: Lew, some other time. I'm rushing to the hospital.
Lew Jordan: Well, I'll walk you to the door. How long before you finish this job?
Jack Andrus: It's already finished, except for two days of retakes.
Lew Jordan: Good, you're available. We can close the deal now. You know how much finishing this picture means to Davie. Yesterday he was poison. Today we can pick and choose.
Jack Andrus: We?
Lew Jordan: Yeah. Didn't you know? Davie made it clear. On his next picture, you direct....
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Crazy Credits

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 »


Soundtracks

Don't Blame Me
(uncredited)
Music by Jimmy McHugh (1932)
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Sung by Leslie Uggams
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trash masterpiece
1 September 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Vincente Minnelli's film version bears little resemblance to Irwin Shaw's novel of the same name, not that there's anything wrong with that. This movie belongs on the second half of a double feature with "The Carpetbaggers" as a guilty pleasure I can't resist watching. It spoofs the difficulties American directors had in making quality movies overseas when European producers expressed no interest in quality, only profit. This is a lesser alternative to Fellini's "8 1/2" and Godard's "Contempt," which explored the same theme, and its trashiness is expressed perfectly with footage from "The Bad and the Beautiful," another Minnelli-Douglas collaboration. Favorite line, Edward G. Robinson to Douglas regarding George Hamilton: "He's crazier on the loose than you were locked up."


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