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The Auteur (2008)

A sweet comedy about the world's greatest living porn director.

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Melik Malkasian ...
Denise Chanterelle DuBois ...
Loren Hoskins ...
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Andrew Harris ...
Amanda Jackie Warren ...
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Viva Las Vegas ...
Dyke Club 'The Narrator' / Easy Niece / Ho in 'Broadway Danny's Hos'
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Dyke Club 'I'm You - Bitch!' Woman (as Malice 666)
Sahara ...
Voluptuous Woman
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Porn Chick
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Doris
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Fiona Hanegan
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Joseph
Jacob Pander ...
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THE AUTEUR follows formerly renowned porn director Arturo Domingo (Five Easy Nieces, Requiem for a Wet Dream) through a bizarre weekend as he receives a lifetime achievement award at a film festival in Portland, OR. Encountering crazed fans, former collaborators, bitter enemies, and free-loving hippies, Arturo attempts to put the pieces of his broken career and personal life back together. Written by Arturo Domingo

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Many of the crew make cameo appearances including producer Byrd McDonald, boom op Morgan Hobart and 2nd AD Yona Prost See more »

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Spoofs Five Easy Pieces (1970) See more »

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Cephalopod
Written and Performed by Ridenpaa
Courtesy of The Music Library
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Very Funny - Westby's Best Film Yet
9 December 2008 | by (Portland, OR) – See all my reviews

Caught this at the Cinema 21 in Portland, Oregon last week - and was knocked over by how funny it was.

James Westby continues to improve as filmmaker - delivering his most polished, unrepentant comedy yet. Melik Malkasian kicks in a strong performance as the veteran Spanish porn director Domingo - who parlays a retrospective of his classic films into a half-pickled, ego roller-coaster involving his estranged wife (Cara Seymour in a choice role) and his favorite male porn actor (John Breen).

Full of shameless pot-smoking, nudity and sex - Westby manages to push the trash envelope while keeping the script tight and intelligent. This one is full of choice zingers and great (sometimes uncomfortable) laughs. The audience I watched this with was howling all throughout - something I haven't seen in years. The vibe was a cross between John Waters and Judd Aptaow - shameless and sharp. At the same time, the film has a certain dramatic sweetness - as you watch Domingo struggle to recover his mojo, you start to root for him, despite his personal shortcomings.

Easily one of the funniest indie films in recent memory - and hopefully a harbinger of things to come from this team.


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