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Rosanna Arquette (experiencer)
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Release Date:
13 July 2002 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Rosanna Arquette talks to various actresses about the pressures they face as women working in the entertainment industry. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Unscripted artists more compelling than their roles See more (44 total) »

Cast

 

Patricia Arquette ... Herself

Rosanna Arquette ... Herself

Emmanuelle Béart ... Herself

Katrin Cartlidge ... Herself

Laura Dern ... Herself

Roger Ebert ... Himself

Jane Fonda ... Herself

Teri Garr ... Herself

Whoopi Goldberg ... Herself

Melanie Griffith ... Herself

Daryl Hannah ... Herself

Salma Hayek ... Herself

Holly Hunter ... Herself

Diane Lane ... Herself

Kelly Lynch ... Herself

Julianna Margulies ... Herself

Chiara Mastroianni ... Herself

Samantha Mathis ... Herself

Frances McDormand ... Herself

Catherine O'Hara ... Herself

Julia Ormond ... Herself

Gwyneth Paltrow ... Herself

Martha Plimpton ... Herself

Charlotte Rampling ... Herself

Vanessa Redgrave ... Herself

Theresa Russell ... Herself

Meg Ryan ... Herself

Ally Sheedy ... Herself

Adrienne Shelly ... Herself

Hilary Shepard ... Herself (as Hilary Shepard Turner)

Sharon Stone ... Herself

Tracey Ullman ... Herself

JoBeth Williams ... Herself

Debra Winger ... Herself

Alfre Woodard ... Herself

Robin Wright ... Herself (as Robin Wright Penn)

Jane Adams ... Herself (uncredited)

Antonio Banderas ... Himself (uncredited)

Alan Cumming ... Himself (uncredited)

Jennifer Jason Leigh ... Herself (uncredited)

Sean Penn ... Himself (uncredited)

Elizabeth Taylor ... Herself (uncredited)

Directed by
Rosanna Arquette 
 
Writing credits
Rosanna Arquette (experiencer)

Produced by
Rosanna Arquette .... producer
Kristina Birkmayer .... co-producer
David Codikow .... producer
Mark Cuban .... executive producer
Sean Griffiths .... associate producer
Patty Long .... line producer
Steve Mitchell .... associate producer
Hilary Shepard .... associate producer
Todd Wagner .... executive producer
Happy Walters .... producer
Matt Weaver .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Jean-Marc Barr 
Olivier Boucreux 
Cort Fey 
Joey Forsyte 
Nathan Hope 
Michael G. Wojciechowski  (as Michael Wojciechowski)
 
Film Editing by
Gail Yasunaga 
 
Set Decoration by
Carisa Rosenthal 
Joanna M. Wright 
 
Makeup Department
Ray Allington .... key hair stylist
Carrie Angland .... hair stylist
Carrie Angland .... makeup artist
Tresha Heath .... hair stylist
Tresha Heath .... makeup artist
Jason Jewell .... hair stylist
Jason Jewell .... makeup artist
Thierry Pourtoy .... hair stylist
Thierry Pourtoy .... makeup artist
Cristina Rocha .... hair stylist
Cristina Rocha .... makeup artist
Calista Sanderson .... hair stylist
Calista Sanderson .... makeup artist
Paul Starr .... on site beauty doctor
Susanna Terrell .... hair stylist
D. Garen Tolkin .... hair stylist
D. Garen Tolkin .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Kristina Birkmayer .... production manager
Daryl De Quetteville .... post-production supervisor
 
Sound Department
Mandy Allen .... sound recordist
Mik Cribben .... sound mixer: New York
David Hocs .... boom operator: New York
Jeff Layton .... sound editor
Jeff Layton .... sound effects editor
Chris Neely .... sound
Kenneth Novak .... sound supervisor
Chris Philp .... dialogue editor
Brenda Ray .... sound mixer: New York
Mark A. Rozett .... sound re-recording mixer
Janet Urban .... sound
Lori Weinhouse .... boom operator: Los Angeles
Grégory Widoff .... sound mixer: Cannes (as Grégory Widof)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Derth Adams .... camera operator: Los Angeles
Rosanna Arquette .... camera operator: Los Angeles/New York
Kristina Birkmayer .... camera operator: Los Angeles/New York
Jonathon Bradley .... camera operator: Los Angeles
Mike Budzik .... camera assistant: Los Angeles
Paul Burns .... Steadicam operator: New York
Patrick J. Donnelly .... electrician
Sean Fairburn .... camera operator: Los Angeles (as B. Sean Fairburn)
Cort Fey .... camera operator: Los Angeles
Michael Hoffer .... electrician: Los Angeles (as Mike Hoffer)
Mike Karasick .... camera operator: Los Angeles (as Michael I. Karasick)
Sam Kretschmer .... grip: New York
Kenneth J. Miles .... camera assistant: Los Angeles
Joyce Ostin .... still photographer: Los Angeles
David Palmieri .... company grip: Los Angeles
Vince Palomino .... key grip
Dino Parks .... additional camera operator
Cynthia Pusheck .... camera operator: Los Angeles/New York
Sam Redfield .... grip: New York
Doron Schlair .... camera operator: New York
Antonio Soriano .... electrician: Los Angeles
Jason Summers .... camera assistant: New York
Graham Willoughby .... camera assistant: New York
 
Editorial Department
Diana DeCilio .... assistant editor
Alfredo Frasson .... color timer
Michael Hatzer .... color timer
Bob Sackter .... colorist
Keri Winthers .... on-line editor
 
Music Department
Jojo Villanueva .... music supervisor
 
Other crew
Max Almy .... title designer
April Blair .... production coordinator: New York
Celine Davis .... production associate
Leah Delyte Di'Bernardo .... production coordinator: Los Angeles
Steve Litwitz .... production assistant: Los Angeles
Satsuki Mitchell .... production associate
Jill Newell .... production assistant: New York
Eric Pine .... production assistant: New York
Oorala Yamada .... assistant to director
Teri Yarbrow .... title designer
 
Thanks
Melanie Griffith .... thanks
 

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Rated R for language
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France:100 min | France:97 min (Cannes Film Festival) | USA:99 min (DVD)
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Screened as one of "out-of-competition" films at the Cannes Film Festival, May 2002. Director Rosanna Arquette says she made the documentary when she was struck by the fact that Debra Winger, who earned three Oscar nominations, had left the profession in her 30s.See more »
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Ally Sheedy:Or even if you have to walk in, in a tight fitting shirt and look sexy. You know what I mean? It's like that's what you're about in that scene, that stays with you for the whole day and it goes on and on and on. And then people say 'why are there so many 13 year olds that are bulimic?' Hello.See more »
Movie Connections:
Features The Red Shoes (1948)See more »
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21 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Unscripted artists more compelling than their roles, 7 March 2004
Author: (Apollo140@aol.com) from LOS ANGELES

I just want to thank Rosanna Arquette for what was one of the most intriguing documentaries about Hollywood I've seen. Although I live in Los Angeles, I do not work in the film industry, and in general tend to feel as though we, the citizens of the Movie Capital of the World, are frequently over-inundated with media about actors and their films.

But SEARCHING FOR DEBRA WINGER is different. Despite what the reader may feel about Hollywood, the actresses interviewed are some of the most influential performing artists of our era. Through Arquette, we get an opportunity to sit down and have a frank chat about their art, their insights, their ambivalence. The doc is not like a Barbara Walters interview: predictable and formatted and PR-mediated. Interviewed by Arquette, a fellow actress with similar sympathies, over little dinner parties, in restaurants, on lawn chairs -- even in the ladies room (a goofy, then serious Frances McDormand) -- the actresses managed to be more frank, more casual, unguarded with their opinions. Some seemed suspicious that the little documentary would ever be aired at all -- inadvertently freeing them up to be even more honest.

Famous for their beauty, their talent and their projects, you get to see that they are intelligent, clever, funny, angry, uptight, resentful, self-conscious, generous, insightful, even visionary in ways that are only hinted at in their films. The dialogue in SEARCHING FOR DEBRA WINGER is all in the actresses own words: no scripts, no acting, no roles. Its an opportunity to see who they are, in all their brilliance, artistry, egotism and folly. Diane Lane is sharp as a tack. Alfre Woodard deeply reflective, eloquent and mature. My suspicion that Holly Hunter is a genius is confirmed. Theresa Russell cuts loose with quite a bit of rage. Whoopi Goldberg is the antidote to glamour-poisoning. Sharon Stone is at least as ballsy as her onscreen persona. Jane Fonda comes over as a wise and deeply generous doyenne. And Debra Winger is more compelling than she's been in any of her movie roles.

Perhaps the biggest revelation was Rosanna Arquette herself. She really puts herself out there, expressing her own insights, risking the exposure of her doubts, in a way that encourages the other actresses to feel comfortable, to open up, to speak frankly. Arquette gamely drops a lot of the pretensions of the industry to tell her story, and to get the other actresses to tell theirs, and as a result manages to reveal unexpected truths about the people behind the profession.

Because of all the big names, the documentary has star power, glamour, and charm in spades. But it has much more. With the lighting, hair and makeup aspect de-emphasized, one gets a glimpse of the real people underneath the monolithic illusion we know as Hollywood, and I found these people, these artists more fascinating than any scripted characters I've seen in quite some time. Underneath all the glittering surfaces, one discovers a deep, and untapped reservoir of artistic -- and human -- potential.

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