Seduced And Abandoned
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Actor Alec Baldwin and filmmaker James Toback explore the culture of cinema by canvassing the 2012 Cannes Film Festival for financial backing for their update of "Last Tango in Paris" set in Iraq in the 21st century, pitching their idea to industry big shots such as Mark Damon and Avi Lerner, and interviewing Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola and others about their love of film. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Baldwin and Toback make a snappy comic duo, and half of their talks with a line-up of luminaries focus on the art of filmmaking rather than the business."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"Toback's directorial intuition proves to be spot-on: their self-revealing brave face on humiliation and despair is deeply cinematic."
‑ Richard Brody, New Yorker
"The film is at its very best when Baldwin informally cross-examines respected names such as Martin Scorsese, Roman Polanski, Bernardo Bertolucci, James Caan and Jessica Chastain."
‑ Leigh Paatsch, Herald Sun (Australia)
"It's funny stuff, yet the real nuggets here are when [Alec] Baldwin defaults to standard doco-mode and asks an impressive range of people...about the harsh realities of working in the world's most expensive entertainment artform."
‑ Jim Schembri, 3AW
"It's an odd film but an entertaining one."
‑ David Edwards, Daily Record [UK]
"A fun, larky travel essay and commentary on the film biz, an exquisite wallow in the most rarefied sort of first-world problems."
‑ Hank Stuever, Washington Post
"This one seems to effortlessly breathe on its own as a buddy/buddy "road picture" with scenic pathways, a few dead ends and refreshing breezes throughout."
‑ Ed Bark, Uncle Barky
"Seduced and Abandoned is, if nothing else, a film buff's delight."
‑ David Stratton, The Australian
"An amusing and, at times, genuinely revealing doco - albeit one with distinctively niche appeal, and cloaked in an air of unmistakable self-satisfaction."
‑ Tom Clift, Concrete Playground
"Even the overarching quasi-comic format is old hat, having been done far better by Morgan Spurlock in The Greatest Movie Ever Sold."
‑ Mark Kermode, Observer [UK]
"Ironically, the failure of the financing mission gives [it] a sharper edge. But in the end, that edge will probably be of more interest to Baldwin, Toback and the film biz than to a civilian, who mostly wants to know why she can't find a decent rom-com."
‑ David Hinckley, New York Daily News
"The fact that it is so funny eventually becomes strangely sad, which makes the film thoroughly enjoyable but also irresistibly provocative."
‑ David Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle
"Their [Toback and Baldwin] film about the idea of the film is entertaining and diverting, even if there is also something slightly melancholy about this artificial pursuit of a cinematic phantasm."
‑ Philippa Hawker, Sydney Morning Herald
"As a film trade journalist in the 80s and 90s I covered the Cannes film festival 20 times, and seduced and abandoned is how I always felt...It's like three different docos slapped together, none of them complete and coherent - or satisfying"
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
"Although this isn't as cinematic as Keanu Reeves' Side by Side, last year's documentary about the industry's transition from celluloid to digital, it feels honest,"
‑ Graham Young, Birmingham Mail
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