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Sweet and Lowdown (1999)

Original Title : Sweet and Lowdown
Director : Woody Allen
Writer : Woody Allen
Genre : Comedy
Drama
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : Letty Aronson , J.E. Beaucaire , Richard Brick , Jean Doumanian , Charles H. Joffe , Jack Rollins (II)
Music : Edwin B. Edwards
Dick Hyman
Photography : Zhao Fei
MPAA Rating : Rated PG-13 for sexual content and some substance abuse.
IMDB ID : 0158371
Official site : http://www.pyramidefilms.com/accordsetdesaccords
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Sweet and Lowdown (1999) - Woody Allen
 

Starring

Woody Allen Himself
Ben Duncan Himself
Daniel Okrent A.J. Pickman
Dan Moran I
Tony Darrow Ben
Christopher Bauer Ace (as Chris Bauer
Sean Penn Emmet Ray
Constance Shulman Hazel
 

Plot

A comedic biopic focused on the life of fictional jazz guitarist Emmett Ray. Ray was an irresponsible, free-spending, arrogant, obnoxious, alcohol-abusing, miserable human being, who was also arguably the best guitarist in the world. We follow Ray's life: bouts of getting drunk, his bizzare hobbies of shooting rats and watching passing trains, his dreams of fame and fortune, his strange obsession with the better-known guitarist Django Reinhardt, and of course, playing his beautiful music.
 

Comments

One of Allen's Best Woody Allen's Sweet and Lowdown is a well done effort.It looks at serious issues in a funny matter (but this is not a comedy) which Woody knows how to do terrifically.Also, his love for the 30's and jazz bring out the best in this film Though the acting is good, the character Emmett Ray, played by Sean Penn (in a well-deserved Oscar Nom) us not very likable.Emmett Ray (as we find out) is a fictional character (though planned out as a real one) who is the 2nd greatest guitarist ever.He is also narcisistic, self-indulged, and odd.At least Penn plays him to the best.But this teaming up of Allen with Penn is a great one and the film itself was likable.
 
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