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95 Ratings

Seduced and Abandoned

Directed by James Toback
United States, 2013


A “meta-documentary” from James Toback and Alec Baldwin, about their attempts to raise money for another film—one with no title or script, just a star.

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Seduced and Abandoned Directed by James Toback
As Toback and Baldwin seek to raise twenty-five million dollars from sales agents who offer no more than five million and private financiers who turn them down flat, Toback’s directorial intuition proves to be spot-on: their self-revealing brave face on humiliation and despair is deeply cinematic. As for the interviews, they’re done with skill and insight…
October 28, 2013
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Seduced and Abandoned reminds us that Toback’s films, particularly the fictional features, are often simultaneously liberated and marred by a pronounced lack of discipline on the part of their maker. You sense the better films that are eluding the director while recognizing the inspired isolated moments that probably couldn’t have been possible in any other context, such as the electric encounter between Mike Tyson and Robert Downey Jr. in Black and White.
October 24, 2013
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A tad indulgent, perhaps, but a very entertaining disquisition all the same.
May 20, 2013
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