Seduced And Abandoned
Seduced And Abandoned (2013)

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… More

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Consensus: Although Seduced and Abandoned highlights the frustrating side of the movie business, Alec Baldwin and James Toback's comedic chemistry ensures that its darker moments are leavened with a lighter touch.

Dave Calhoun
Time Out

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.

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Richard Brody
New Yorker

Toback's directorial intuition proves to be spot-on: their self-revealing brave face on humiliation and despair is deeply cinematic.

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Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)

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.

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Hank Stuever
Washington Post

A fun, larky travel essay and commentary on the film biz, an exquisite wallow in the most rarefied sort of first-world problems.

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Ed Bark
Uncle Barky

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.

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David Stratton
The Australian

Seduced and Abandoned is, if nothing else, a film buff's delight.

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David Hinckley
New York Daily News

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.

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David Wiegand
San Francisco Chronicle

The fact that it is so funny eventually becomes strangely sad, which makes the film thoroughly enjoyable but also irresistibly provocative.

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Philippa Hawker
The Age (Australia)

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.

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