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A Trip to Swadades (2008)

R | | Drama | 23 May 2008 (USA)
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This feature length film (shot on black-and-white super-16mm) tells the story of a 74-year-old ex-professor who, after many years of living away from Philadelphia, the city where he came of... See full summary »

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Robert Swenson ...
Schweitzer Haas
Glenn Walsh ...
Ezra Haas
Stephen Hatzai ...
Claude Schoonover
Kenneth McGregor ...
Katya Quinn-Judge ...
Woman in the Dream
William Cully Allen ...
Grocer
Naoko Masuda ...
The Strange Minstrel
Matthew Savoca ...
Young Schweitzer
Gregory Lytle ...
Young Ezra
Daniel Kremer ...
Man Outside Shvitz
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This feature length film (shot on black-and-white super-16mm) tells the story of a 74-year-old ex-professor who, after many years of living away from Philadelphia, the city where he came of age, returns to visit his hermit brother who has perfected his freakish steel-trap memory. As a result, however, his apartment has become an unlivable and unsanitary place. He goes out to find some cleaning supplies, only to find himself lost in a city he no longer knows. By shear happenstance, he bumps into an old friend, a world-class cut-up, who takes him to a place of importance to their past. Schweitzer, there, realizes he must reconcile with the brother he has not spoken to and has refused to understand for most of his life. Written by thustlebird

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The only thing he ever planned was how to get away, how to stay there...but never how to get back. See more »

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$75,000 (estimated)
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The title of the original script was 'The Skin Interpreter'. Writer-director Daniel Kremer disliked it and changed the title to A Trip to Swadades when he encountered the Portuguese word "saudades" in reading Jorge Luis Borges. The word "saudades" (meaning "intense longing and nostalgia for a thing of the past"), coincidentally, is production designer Paul Sylbert's favorite word. Sylbert is fluent in the Portuguese language. See more »

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[repeated line]
Claude Schoonover: Schweitz'... good old Schweitz'!
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Crazy Credits

There is no orchestral score, just a man whistling a tune as the opening credits play over archive 8mm footage of the characters' past. See more »

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Features Meet John Doe (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

This Heart of Mine
Performed by Fred Astaire
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
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