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Writer (WGA):
Duane Poole (written by)
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4 December 1998 (USA) See more »
In New York, Jessie Markham is raped by a man with mask and now she is recovering from the rape and an attempted suicide... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Raúl Ruiz: 90s
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Raúl Ruiz: Blind Man's Bluff
 (From MUBI. 28 September 2011, 12:18 PM, PDT)

Movie Maestro Ruiz Dead At 70
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  (in credits order)

William Baldwin ... Brian

Anne Parillaud ... Jessie Markham
Lisanne Falk ... Paula / Laura

Graham Greene ... Detective
Bulle Ogier ... Mrs. Ford
Billy Wilmott ... Lamond
O'Neil Peart ... Simon

Leonie Forbes ... Isabel

Rick Ravanello ... Man in Restraurant

Marc Akerstream ... Man in Motorboat

Peter Hanlon ... Dr. Cohen / Dr. Tolan
Alwyn Scott ... Hotel Manager
Pablo Hoilett ... Waiter / Waiter #2
Fay Ellington ... Shop Clerk
Ilona Margolis ... Lucy
Roger Allford ... Father
Ben Odberg ... Jimmy
Johanna Ulett ... Stewardess
Paul Magel ... New York Waiter
Pablo Coffey ... TV Evangelist

Nahtasha Budhi ... Anita
Keli Westgate ... Debbie
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lloyd A. Silverman ... Man in restaurant

Directed by
Raoul Ruiz  (as Raul Ruiz)
Writing credits
Duane Poole (written by)

Produced by
Jack Baran .... executive producer
Colleen Camp .... associate producer
Lisanne Falk .... co-producer
Jay Firestone .... executive producer
Bastiaan Gieben .... executive producer
Susan Hoffman .... producer
Emmanuel Itier .... associate producer
Emmanuel Itier .... consulting producer
Victor Loewy .... executive producer
Eric Sandys .... associate producer
Barbet Schroeder .... producer
Lloyd A. Silverman .... producer
Abby Stone .... associate producer (as Abigail Stone)
James M. Vernon .... executive producer (as James Michael Vernon)
Original Music by
Jorge Arriagada 
Cinematography by
Robby Müller 
Film Editing by
Michael J. Duthie 
Casting by
Susan Taylor Brouse 
Production Design by
Robert de Vico 
Art Direction by
Jennifer Chang Binns  (as Jennifer Chang)
Kathryn Hatton 
Set Decoration by
Raquel Anita Parke 
Costume Design by
Francine Lecoultre 
Makeup Department
Daniel Curet .... hair stylist: Lisanne Falk
Dana Hamel .... makeup department head
Production Management
W. Michael Beard .... post-production supervisor
Matthew Binns .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jeff Mosuk .... third assistant director
Greg Rosati .... second assistant director
Art Department
Ken Davies .... property master
Diane Nachlik .... production assistant
Sophie Neudorfer .... on-set dresser
Gayatri Persad .... art department coordinator: Jamaica
Sound Department
Kristian Abell .... assistant sound editor
Joe Bracciale .... dialogue editor
Lee de Lang .... assistant sound editor
Susan Fairbairn .... assistant sound effect editor
Susan Fairbairn .... sound effects editor
Nelson Ferreira .... adr editor
Nelson Ferreira .... sound supervisor
Petur Hliddal .... production sound mixer
Tim O'Connell .... foley recordist
Tim O'Connell .... sound re-recording mixer
Don White .... sound re-recording mixer
Special Effects by
Allen Benjamin .... special effects coordinator
James Bamford .... stunt double: William Baldwin
Camera and Electrical Department
Mark Aviss .... electrician
Rob Brady .... electrician
Chris Browne .... assistant camera
Ray Edwards .... assistant camera
Richard Lannaman .... camera operator
Paul Michaud .... still photographer
Tony Mirza .... first assistant camera
Darin Wong .... dolly grip
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Melanie Ghisays .... costume supervisor
Michelle Hunter .... costume coordinator
Editorial Department
Ricardo Olivero .... color timer
Sean Thompson .... first assistant editor
Location Management
Michael London .... location manager
Transportation Department
Mike Arnason .... driver: props
Other crew
Mandy Butler .... first assistant accountant
Ian Doig .... cat trainer
Mark Dumas .... cat supplier (as Creative Animal Talent)
Patti Henderson .... script supervisor
Alexis Labra .... production assistant
Karen Nadon .... production accountant
Laura Schneider .... assistant production coordinator
Robyn Wiener .... assistant: William Baldwin
Bruce Gray .... sculpture art provided by (uncredited)

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Rated R for violence, sexuality and some language
Canada:103 min | USA:102 min | Argentina:104 min
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William Baldwin agreed to Raoul Ruiz directing after reading a newspaper review of Three Lives and Only One Death (1996).See more »


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Osmosis of shattered images, 22 July 2011
Author: chaos-rampant from Greece

I think a crucial point in developing an individual taste for cinema is to be able to unwaveringly focus on the things that we feel personally matter. To coast without distraction through the small handicaps that hamper and limit a film in pursuit of the spark of creative vision (assuming one such that matters to us exists). This is to be able to enjoy Argento for who he is rather than in spite of his storytelling deficiencies.

One such thing we have here. A package that looks from a distance as straight-to-video fodder as vehicle for an almost recognizable name, acting that is ho-hum, stilted dialogue. The reward for a casual watcher catching this on latenight TV might be simply to cope a smile at William Baldwin playing actor.

I come to this for the filmmaker though with his potent notions about convergent realities and fictions passing as real, as part of my quest on Raoul Ruiz. Coming from two films he did back in France, both crushingly dry and tedious, for his American debut he reverts back to the heady magic he weaved in his 80's stuff. Soaking in colors, strange portents, frames that become real; a reality hung askew from which we are transported back and forth into the folds of the imaginative mind.

The scaffold: two women (played by Anna Parillaud) as figments of the one damaged mind, each in her separate reality dreaming up the other. Transitions between the two worlds, mostly through sex or objects as mirrors (an acquarium, a painting, even -rather painfully obvious- the frame of what we're watching shattering into shards).

So there is one subconscious where all the hurt is arranged into a wish-fulfillment fantasy (the woman plays a contract killer paid to kill men, eventually discovers the target she falls in love with to be innocent), and the conscious mind in the other plane trying to cope with the anxieties of a situation real or imagined (as seeping back from the dream and flowing into it). It is all about this cinematic flow of a nightmare that renews itself - a half-way intelligent device, perhaps squandered under the auspice of something for latenight cable.

Then there is the ending, no doubt imposed upon Ruiz by producers demanding some solid ground for their audience. It all makes sense eventually, what was real and what not. Again we may disregard this.

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