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Blue in the Face (1995)

R | | Comedy | 13 October 1995 (USA)
Wayne Wang's follow-up movie to Smoke presents a series of improvisational situations strung together to form a pastiche of Brooklyn's diverse ethnicity, offbeat humor, and essential ... See full summary »

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Wayne Wang's follow-up movie to Smoke presents a series of improvisational situations strung together to form a pastiche of Brooklyn's diverse ethnicity, offbeat humor, and essential humanity. Many of the same characters inhabiting Auggie Wren's Brooklyn Cigar Store in Smoke return here to expound on their philosophy of smoking, relationships, baseball, New York, and Belgian Waffles. Most of all, this is a movie about living life, off-the-cuff. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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Rated R for language and a scene of nudity | See all certifications »

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Brooklyn Boogie  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)

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$1,275,999 (USA)
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Every scene was filmed in ten-minute uninterrupted takes. The directors would hold up signs reading "Keep it up" or "Boring" for the actors instead of stopping the filming. See more »

Goofs

Dot bolts the store door to talk with Auggie, then leaves without unlocking it. See more »

Quotes

Tommy: I don't eat shit. It's against my religion.
Pete: What religion is that?
Tommy: The religion of sanity, Peter. You should try it some time.
Pete: I did, but I was excommunicated.
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Situations Created in collaboration with THE ACTORS See more »

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References Coffee and Cigarettes (1986) See more »

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Happy Suicide
Performed by David Byrne and Vijaya Anand
Written by David Byrne and Vijaya Anand
Published by Moldy Fig Music (BMI) and Shake, Boom!/RZO (BMI)
David Byrne and Vijaya Anand appear courtesy of Luaka Bop/Warner Brothers Records Inc.
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What a pity...
21 August 2006 | by (France) – See all my reviews

I saw this film twice. As a cinema lover, I perfectly know what Paul Auster and, most of all, the actors, wanted to show in this movie. It's just a global view of Brooklyn: what's good or funny or bad up there. The story is alright. But that's not what disappointed me when I saw it. What really bugged me was the way some characters were depicted. The female characters,for example, ( Violeta !!) are really dire. They are a summation of all "female" defaults: yelling, crying, spoiled, selfish, and so on. What a pity...Though there are some funny scenes, I must admit (especially the shots featuring Lou Reed). There are also pretty great shots showing John Lurie (one of the best actors ever) playing with his jazz band.


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