Blue in the Face

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Blue in the Face
Blue in the face ver1.jpg
Promotional movie poster
Directed by Paul Auster
Wayne Wang
Written by Paul Auster
Wayne Wang
Starring Harvey Keitel
Victor Argo
Giancarlo Esposito
Roseanne Barr
Michael J. Fox
Lily Tomlin
Mira Sorvino
Lou Reed
Mel Gorham
Jim Jarmusch
Malik Yoba
Music by John Lurie
Cinematography Adam Holender
Harvey Wang
Editing by Maysie Hoy
Christopher Tellefsen
Distributed by Miramax Films
Release dates October 13, 1995
Running time 89 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $2 million
Box office $1,275,999

Blue in the Face is a 1995 comedy directed by Wayne Wang and Paul Auster. It stars Harvey Keitel, Victor Argo, Giancarlo Esposito, Roseanne Barr, Michael J. Fox, Lily Tomlin, Mira Sorvino, Lou Reed, Mel Gorham, Jim Jarmusch,and Malik Yoba.

Blue in the Face was filmed over a five-day period as a follow-up to Wang's 1995 movie Smoke. During production of Smoke, Keitel and the others ad-libbed scenes in-character between takes and a sequel was made using this improvised material.

Lily Tomlin was nominated for an American Comedy Award as "Funniest Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture" for her performance in this picture.

Plot[edit]

The film once again centers on the Brooklyn Cigar Store and manager Auggie (Harvey Keitel), although most of the other characters are different. The store owner's frustrated wife Dot (Roseanne) is one of them, and one of the plotlines follows her attempts to seduce Auggie. Madonna, Michael J. Fox, Lily Tomlin, and Lou Reed (as himself) also put in appearances. Blue In The Face was shot without a complete script and presents a unique combination of distinctive performances, oddball characters, improvisations, and raffish scenes.

Cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

The movie received mixed reviews.[1][2][3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Thomas, Kevin (13 October 1995). "MOVIE REVIEW : Wang's 'Blue in the Face' a Valentine to Brooklyn". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 7 January 2013. 
  2. ^ Maslin, Janet (13 October 1995). "Blue in the Face (1995) FILM REVIEW; In Hip Brooklyn, Take 2 On That Old Cigar Store". New York Times. Retrieved 7 January 2013. 
  3. ^ Ebert, Roger (20 October 1995). "Blue In The Face". Chicago Sun Times. Retrieved 7 January 2013. 

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