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In the Soup (1992)

A neurotic nebbish lives in 2 worlds: the fantasy of winning his dream-girl via a hit movie, and the meager existence he scrapes out from very odd jobs, such as thesping in an arty ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Aldolpho Rollo
... Joe
... Angelica Pena
Pat Moya ... Dang
... Skippy
Sully Boyar ... Old Man
Steven Randazzo ... Louis Barfardi
Francesco Messina ... Frank Barfardi
... Monty
... Barbara
... Gregoire
Rockets Redglare ... Guy
... Jackie
... Suzie
... Pauli
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A neurotic nebbish lives in 2 worlds: the fantasy of winning his dream-girl via a hit movie, and the meager existence he scrapes out from very odd jobs, such as thesping in an arty no-budget flick. His beautiful object is his next-door neighbor Angelica, who's understandably preoccupied with her own life, as an illegal immigrant and single mom. Aldolpho Rollo's writing his unending masterpiece screenplay from a walk-up NYC flat, in-between peering at debtors through his peephole. AR's hopes to win her love take wing via another angel, a shady high-roller who definitely has the self-confidence, and promises the cash Aldolpho craves, to produce the auteur's vision. Written by David Stevens

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A comedy about getting in over your head.

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13 August 1992 (Germany)  »

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$256,249
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Filmed on color film stock, but it was always intended as a B&W film. Director Alexandre Rockwell explained: "We really wanted a high contrast look with deeply saturated blacks and brilliant whites in the final prints of the film. The only way we could achieve that was by shooting on a fine grain color stock and then printing on black and white stock called Kodak 5369 which was primarily used for making silhouette mattes and travelings mattes. This particular stock had a high silver content. As we hoped, the result was spectacular." See more »

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Ballad
Written by Mader
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A Defining Indie
30 August 2017 | by See all my reviews

A neurotic nebbish (Steve Buscemi) lives in two worlds: the fantasy of winning his dream-girl (Jennifer Beals) via a hit movie, and the meager existence he scrapes out from very odd jobs, such as thesping in an arty no-budget flick.

How fitting that Jim Jarmusch has a cameo, because this film is very much a Jarmusch type of movie. Had his name been under the "directed by" heading, I would never have doubted it. Which, I suppose, is a compliment to the real director. You also have to hand it to them for getting such a stellar cast. Buscemi is an indie darling, but Beals had already gone big by this point -- it was brave for her to take this role.

This is not so much a movie about making a movie as it is an underworld film. Not a mob movie, exactly, but definitely people of loose character who walk on the edges of society. And yet, there is something rather charming about them.


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