Living in Oblivion
Living in Oblivion (1995)

This quirky yet scathing comedy presents one hellish day in the life of an independent filmmaker. All small-time director Nick Reve wants is to realize his artistic vision within the confines of an extremely low budget. Unfortunately he… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: July 14, 1995
DVD Release Date: February 11, 2003
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

A hip indie version of Truffaut's Day for Night, Living in Oblivion celebrates the very act of filmmaking as grand folly, a triumph of absurdist heroism.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

"Oblivion" has a surrealistic, guilty-fun quality. It feels almost too good to be true.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

DiCillo effectively uses dream sequences and black-and-white film to spoof the pretentiousness of indie films, but remains thoughtful and clever throughout. And every performance is spot-on.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

A treat.

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Hal Hinson
Washington Post

So you wanna make a movie? Well, first, you should see "Living in Oblivion," Tom DiCillo's savagely funny satire of the world of independent filmmaking.

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Rob Gonsalves

Probably the best and funniest of the mid-'90s crop of movies about making movies.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

A very funny picture that presents the world of independent film making as a nightmare of conflicting egos, budgetary squalor and incompetence.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

The segment in which Nick (Steve Buscemi) attempts to film a dream sequence (not unlike the famous one from TV's Twin Peaks) featuring a dwarf named Tito (Peter Dinklage) is worth the rental/purchase price alone.

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Emanuel Levy

A valentine to the independent film world, DiCillo's version of Truffaut's Night for Day offers a smart, amusing look at the perils of low-budget filmmaking; the ensemble acting is superb.

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
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Meta. I just wanted to say meta.
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Proof that Steve Buscemi needs to be a leading role in more movies. Gotta say, I wasn't taken in at first, but being too lazy to change the movie, it ended… More
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A documentary masquerading as fiction.
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Catherine Keener is the hottest old rag in the world.
Ken Stachnik
A must see for ANYONE who has ever worked on a low budget indie.
xGary Xx
Witty satire of indie films and the movie making process starring Steve Buscemi. Clever rather than laugh out loud funny, and the film within a film (within a… More