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Filmmaker James Toback poses basic questions in philosophy, such as why we're here and where we're going, to various celebrities and ordinary people.

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James Toback

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James Toback
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Emma Astner Emma Astner ... The Girl
Missy Boyd Missy Boyd ... The Mother
Max Brockman Max Brockman ... The Boy
Darryl Dawkins Darryl Dawkins ... The Basketball Star
Eugene Fodor Eugene Fodor ... The Violinist
Polly Frost Polly Frost ... The Artiste
Veronica Geng Veronica Geng ... The Humorist
Julius Hemphill Julius Hemphill ... The Jazz Man
Fred Hess Fred Hess ... The Astronomer
Elaine Kaufman Elaine Kaufman ... The Restauranteuse
Sheila Kennedy ... The Model
Anne Marie Keyes Anne Marie Keyes ... The Philosopher
Charles Lassiter Charles Lassiter ... The Painter
Marcia Oakley Marcia Oakley ... The Medical Student
Jack Richardson Jack Richardson ... The Writer
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Filmmaker James Toback poses basic questions in philosophy, such as why we're here and where we're going, to various celebrities and ordinary people.

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Documentary

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USA

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French | English

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11 May 1990 (USA) See more »

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Tenafly, New Jersey, USA

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American Playhouse See more »
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Mono

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Color
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offbeat oral documentary
7 November 2010 | by mjneu59See all my reviews

Director James Toback poses some heavy metaphysical questions to several armchair philosophers, including producer Joseph Kantner, to whom Toback is shown pitching his unusual idea for the film in a recurring sequence perhaps modeled as a parody of Louis Malle's 'My Dinner with André'. Kantner's skepticism was obviously staged, but elsewhere the replies are invariably candid, coy, pragmatic, imaginative, and sometimes just plain eccentric. Each of the ten interviews reveals a fully human (in other words, somewhat flawed) character, all of them more interesting when recounting earthy anecdotes about sex or death than when pondering the infinite cosmos. Profound questions don't always guarantee like-minded responses, but the film is valuable for the way it prompts viewers to ask themselves the same questions. In the end it may be nothing more than a self-conscious, self-absorbed novelty item, but if nothing else Toback at least offered an offbeat antidote to all the megabuck summer schlockbusters then in release.


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