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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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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: We're closed.
Romeo: And then she just appeared, as if from a dream.
Mira: Look, I'm sorry, we're closed.
Romeo: Please, we're on a journey!
Mira: What kind of journey?
Romeo: We're looking for something: lost photographs... Cher's involved.
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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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Parabel ?
3 May 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

2/3 way through this film I was bored and did not get it. But at some point something being said clicked and I was glued to the last third. Then I watched it all over again and took notes this time. I take notes with books and movies I see or read.

I read Mr. Stein said it was loosely based on The Wizard of Oz. Maybe or was that quote taken out of context? I will have to watch it again with that in mind. Before, I say anything on the story line. I thought the quality of the film was excellent for acting, sound, lighting and quality of color. "Normal" neon sign echoing "camel" in the bar was a lovely detail.Especially for a first film and presumed low budget? Or does this guy have a sugar Daddy somewhere? 2nd, I thought the writing verged on David Mamet.

Finally regarding the story, I found a different route, a Biblical one. Did Max= Moses, Mira=Miriam, Romeo= Aaron, Marcello= Pharroh (on his throne in toilet?). Or is Marcello= Jethro? What represents Mitzriam, the dessert, the red/reed sea? Are the 10 photo's representive of the 10 commandments? If so how does each photo visualize each commandment? What does the curtain blowing at Violet's house represent? the girl in white on a bike? Why does Max step back at end?Who is the guy in the pilot hat? lots of questions.

I took some classes with Stan Brackage (who was honored im memmorium at the Oscars last year) an Independent film maker. I used to fall asleep a lot and when I woke up and found out what a film was really about- I knew I had missed something. But there is nothing more pleasant and peace than a nap in a movie seat. Your safe and someone will yell if there is a fire.

A great film will leave you with more questions not answers. And maybe all theories are right. As with another comment that said this was about an artist search to find himself- or refind. Indeed there was a lot of talk about "creativity. A great work has many levels.

Mr. Stein what is in your Riya Tzadi?


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