V’18: OCTOBER 25 – NOVEMBER 8, 2018

Fading Gigolo

V' 13

Fading Gigolo

John Turturro
USA, 2013
Fiction, 98min, OF

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Fading Gigolo

John Turturro
USA, 2013
Fiction, 98min, OF

Actors: 
Woody Allen
Murray
John Turturro
Fioravante
Sharon Stone
Dr. Parker
Liev Schreiber
Dovi
Sofía Vergara
Selima
Screenplay: 
John Turturro
Sound: 
Skip Lievsay
Camera: 
Marco Pontecorvo
Editor: 
Simona Paggi
Composer: 
Abraham Laboriel
Bill Maxwell
Decoration: 
Lester Cohen
Costume: 
Donna Zakowska

Production: 
Antidote Films
QED International
World Sales: 
QED International
Distribution in Austria: 
Filmladen Filmverleih
Format: 
DCP
Color

Woody Allen plays a pimp and John Turturro his gigolo employee. Got that? Accept the brilliantly absurd premise of FADING GIGOlO and you’re in for a hilarious ride. Working from his own screenplay, Turturro sets up the crazy idea in quick, bold strokes, then goes on to explore just what it would mean to be a middle-aged man for hire. And did we mention he’s a novice? Fioravante (Turturro) is a junior florist and friend to Murray (Allen), whose small bookshop is facing closure. To help the business stay solvent, the two men decide to try the world’s oldest profession. in a New York full of wealthy older women with active libidos, surely a greying don Juan could make a few bucks. And so, adopting the names Virgil Howard and dan Bongo, the duo gets to work. in the midst of Allen’s remarkable resurgence behind the camera, it’s a thrill to watch him work onscreen with someone else’s material. His wit and his rhythms are in fine form here, and Turturro knows how to use the legend to best effect. (Cameron Bailey)

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