In 16th century Venice, when a merchant must default on a large loan from an abused Jewish moneylender for a friend with romantic ambitions, the bitterly vengeful creditor demands a gruesome payment instead.
It's a hot summer day in 1933 in South Philly, where 12-year old Gennaro lives with his widowed mom and his ailing grandpa, who sits outside holding tight to his last quarter, which he's ... See full summary »
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio,
On the day that a serial killer that he helped put away is supposed to be executed, a noted forensic psychologist and college professor receives a call informing him that he has 88 minutes left to live.
The career of a disillusioned producer, who is desperate for a hit, is endangered when his star walks off the film set. Forced to think fast, the producer decides to digitally create an actress "Simone" to sub for the star--the first totally believable synthetic actress. The "actress" becomes an overnight sensation, with a major singing career as well, and everyone thinks she's a real person. However, as Simone's fame skyrockets, he cannot bear to admit his fraud to himself or the world. Written by
Sujit R. Varma
In the theatrical version, Rachel Roberts is uncredited. Closing credits include "Introducing Simone as herself" and the credits list Simone as played by "herself". However, she is included in the "Simone wishes to thank the following for their contribution to the making of Simone" section. See more »
I was fortunate enough to see a screening of this film before its wide release date. I must say that the trailers do not do this film justice; it is a very intelligent satire that provides commentary on many things including Hollywood as an industry, the audience as a questionable (flawed) jury, the personal conflicts of greed and guilt, and what it means to "be in control" - all within the context of a very effective comedy. The film has several genuinely funny moments and I left the screening not only with a sense of satisfaction, but with the feeling that this film will only become more relevant with time. Simone is a very well executed film and raises thought-provoking questions (though nothing new) about the industry and the proverbial "human condition" while being funny. I, too, was pleasantly surprised.
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