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The Photographer (2000)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 15 April 2000 (USA)
A Photographer has a single evening to find ten magical photographs or else he stands to lose everything that is important to him.

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Maurice (as Mike Shannon)
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Storyline

A year after becoming the toast of New York City's art scene, photographer Max Martin has lost his ability to take a decent picture. On the night before his make-or-break gallery opening, surrounded by the trappings of success but devoid of inspiration, Max embarks on a bizarre trek through the city in search of ten mysterious photographs that could save his career. Shot in brilliant color and dramatic black and white, first-time director Jeremy Stein's industrial New York City is a wonderland, roamed by witches and magical creatures, where survival hinges on the completion of a simple quest. Accompanied by an unlikely crew of strangers he meets along the way, Max trips through a modern-day Oz and rediscovers the easily forgotten value of seeing magic reflected in everyday life. Written by <stein80@aol.com>

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language and brief drug use | See all certifications »
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$500,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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The photographs seen in the movie are from the series "HOMELESS: Portraits of Americans in Hard Times". They were taken by Howard Schatz. See more »

Quotes

Mira: Well,
[Starts imitating a newscaster.]
Mira: just hours ago, this young man beside me was in the possession of ten-- that's right, ten-- eight-by-ten glossy photographs and now he's lost them, frittered them away. Max here fears a life, a lonely life filled with despair, wandering around on the streets of New York a nothing, a plankton, a bottom dweller, a toothache, a tiny speck of dust that... everything.
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Midbar Sinai
Performed by Angel Tears
Written by Momi Ochion
Courtesy of LoveCat Music
Published by Big Tiger Music (BMI)
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Magic Realism and a little Realistic Magic
21 January 2002 | by (Brooklyn, NY) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie at its New York premiere, and walked out saying "wow". The story is simple but interesting, which lets the actors really shine. There's some magic involved, but it isn't the wizards-and-special-effects kind: it's a more subtle, grownup variety that's propelled by the story, rather than vice-versa.

Speaking of magic, the director and cinematographer have performed an amazing trick: they've made grubby downtown Manhattan look beautiful and enticing. You can still smell the urine, but it seems glamorous somehow. I don't want to give anything away, but the final scene of the movie is one of the best shots of the city that I've ever seen.

There's a lot to look at in this movie, and that includes the cast. The new guys are great, and there are lots of familiar faces too. Anthony Michael Hall, Tom Noonan and John Heard all make appearances, and you've never had more fun watching them.

Watch "The Photographer" now, so you can say "I knew all about this before it was popular" in a few years. I can't wait for the DVD.


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