Crisis in Six Scenes is a comedy that takes place in the 1960's during turbulent times in the United States and a middle class suburban family is visited by a guest who turns their household completely upside down.
In the hustle and bustle of 1950s Coney Island, where the buzzing crowd comes and goes trudging slowly over the wooden boardwalks, silent stories of the everyday toilers who give life to the attraction unfold. Somewhere in a clam bar, there's the sad waitress Ginny, a one-time actress and now a suffering wife who's been given a second chance by the side of the well-intentioned but uncouth carousel operator, Humpty. On the other hand, there's Humpty's 26-year-old estranged daughter, Carolina, who left the familial nest and a preordained future seeking adventure as a mobster's wife; only to return home with her wings broken, begging for forgiveness. And from the lifeguard's high tower, where all is in plain sight, the young and charming lifesaver and hopeful playwright, Mickey, is the inadvertent but potent catalyst that binds everything together. Shattered dreams, reckless love and betrayal, all under the bright lights of Coney Island.Written by
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Coney Island, 1950's. The beach, the boardwalk. Once a luminous jewel, but growing relentlessly seedier as the tides roll in and out. Summers I work here on Bay 7. Comes the fall, I'm a student at New York University going for my Master's in European drama. I'm Mickey Rubin. Poetic by nature. I harbor dreams of being a writer. A writer of truly great plays, so I can one day surprise everyone and turn out a profound masterpiece.
[to the camera]
Anyhow. Let me get to the ...
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This wonder of a film will pierce the heart with a shattering blow
In fifties Coney Island, Ginny (Kate Winslet) is married to second husband Humpty (Jim Belushi). Its a bleak existence, despite the park setting that is supposed to be "amusement". Once an aspiring actress, Ginny waits tables in the strip's clam restaurant while Humpty operates the carousel. Their meager abode is a converted "fun house" apartment, where the noise of the rides and concessions is constantly heard. Ginny's son also lives with them and is a very troubled boy, a budding pyromaniac who skips school often. By chance, Ginny meets the lifeguard Mickey (Justin Timberlake) when she walks on the beach as a storm approaches, something a lifeguard must curtail. Ginny soon feels drawn to Mickey and tells him her story of woe, including the fact that she was unfaithful to her first husband and he left her. A wannabe playwright, Mickey confides he falls in love easily and knows places for rendezvous. They are soon a secret item. But, wait, there's more. Humpty's beautiful but troubled daughter Carolina (Juno Temple) arrives after not seeing her father for five years. She has run away from her mobster hubby and the hitmen are looking for her. As her former mate knows Carolina's dad disowned her, it is unlikely they will come looking in Coney Island. Soon, Caro has a job at the same clam shack, and, one fateful night, she too meets Mickey and is enchanted. But, since Ginny views Mickey as her "last chance" of eternal happiness, she will do anything to keep Mickey to herself. That's anything, right? This sumptuous, shattering film is one of Allen's more somber films but it is nonetheless wonderful. Especially beautiful is the dialogue, where ideas are presented with great screenwriting ability. Then, too, the performances are topnotch. Winslet is heartbreaking as Ginny while Belushi, Temple and Timberlake compliment her strongly, as do various minor players. Also tantalizing is the art direction in its recreation of Coney Island scenery and costumes, all photographed beautifully. Are you a movie fan that waits and waits for the best in motion picture offerings to arrive? The wait is over.
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