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Sweet and Lowdown
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.
Another Woody Allen film that shows his huge love for Jazz music. Sweet and Lowdown is a comedy/drama passed during the 30's, in a documentary/biography style telling the life of the "famous" Jazz guitarist Emmett Ray.
Emmett Ray is a Jazz guitarist that entitles himself as "the greatest guitar player in the country" (after his great icon Django Reinhardt). A very selfish man with little adult attitudes claiming to be so irresponsible because he is an artist and "artists are like this anyway". The truth is that Emmett despite his enormous talent, due to his personality does not seem to get the career that he deserves, but he always has reasons for everything, or he was not "the best guitar…
Performances : 7.9/10
Story : 6.7/10
Production : 7/10
Overall : 7.2/10
I'm not sure why this is labeled as a comedy. There aren't that many laughs, and since I didn't check the genres before I watched it, I just assumed Sweet and Lowdown was a straight drama. I need to do a better job researching what I'm getting into before I watch Woody Allen's films. It seems I always come out complaining that I didn't get what I was expecting, it's not fair to the film.
If we're going to call Sweet and Lowdown a comedy then we need to call it a black comedy. It's dark and seriously depressing. It features some great performances though. Sean Penn, who…
Allen's last great film is a tuneful, funny and terribly poignant drama-mockumentary about Emmet Ray (Sean Penn), the second best guitarist of the 1930s, and his relationship with a sweet, mute young woman by the name of Hattie (Samantha Morton).
It begins as a collection of tall tales, rich in period flavour, brings a pleasant, amusing romance into the picture, then shifts gear for the climax, leading to one of the most stunning, heartbreaking denouements in movie history, as Penn drops the cartoonish detachment and gets you right in the tear-ducts.
Allen seems on top of his game, and in full command of his gifts, revisiting the sight gags of his youth, homaging the lobster revival from Annie Hall -…
"Wanna go to the dump and shoot some rats?"- Emmet Ray
Sweet and Lowdown has wonderful costumes, great cinematography and some excellent performances. Samantha Morton doesn't say a single word in the film, but she is fantastic. She actually got an Oscar nomination. Sean Penn is even better in the lead role. He also received an Oscar nod and deservedly so, he was amazing. One of the best performances of any Woody Allen film. I loved the relationship between Penn and Morton's characters, it was the heart and soul of the movie. I enjoyed Sweet and Lowdown this time, but feel it will grow on me after more viewings. 7/10
A big complaint made about Woody Allen's movies is that he retreads over the same themes over and over again to the point where they blur together into a mess of neurosis and witty dialogue. Sweet and Lowdown is a breath of fresh air.
That said, the Woody Allen movie about a struggling jazz musician who falls in love before his lover cheats on him, talks about the virtues of art and admires European artists in his craft, all wrapped around a fake documentary setup featuring Woody Allen in a small role feels like a breath of fresh air from other Woody Allen films.
Most of it is due to Sean Penn's performance, in which he becomes a…
Allen delivered one of his last great films with this offbeat, charming, and deeply affecting personal effort. A dramedy set during the 30s, this film tells the story of Emmett Ray, the fictional second greatest guitar player in the world. Allen employs much of his techniques and touches here, using a mockumentary framework which jumps through a period he was always nostalgic for: the 30s during the Great Depression. And outside his uses of great jazz music and running jokes, Allen also effectively ties together many of his signature themes. Probably inspired by his the end of his relationship with Mia Farrow, this film focuses on many personal ideas; like the self-destructive artist who excels at his art but fails…
Satisfyingly sad. I'm also a sucker for mockumentaries of any capacity.
O filme não possui nada de muito especial.
Woody Allen sempre se declara um admirador do Jazz na maior parte de seus filmes. Uma das diferenças de "Sweet and Lowdown" é o fato do diretor trazer a música em si como a protagonista do filme, colocando Emmet Ray (Penn) como o homem que, mesmo com sua vida atribulada e caricata, invoca-a como a personagem principal.
A música, neste caso, não transforma o ambiente - ela simplesmente o é.
Sweet and Lowdown - Woody Allen
Het was wel leuk.
Por muy bien interpretada que esté, con especial ojo a Sean Penn y Samantha Morton, no deja de ser una revisitación con personajes caricaturescos de los temas tratados en Manhattan.
Ein klassischer Woody Allen in dem Sean Penn als "zweitbester Gitarrist der Welt" der 30er Jahre überzeugt und von einer großartigen – stummen! – Samantha Morton fast dominiert wird. Kurzweilig, charmant und die Leistung von Morton ist wirklich kaum in Worte zu fassen.
Finally, someone is expanding on the musical staff on the Sweet N' Low packets! "You better bring the chick around, to the sad truth, the sweet and lowdown!" The original line was "dirty lowdown", so this film which Woody Allen considers something of a drama is at least more uplifting than the Boz Scaggs song I'm referring to, and not just because it's taking us back to real jazz, and not that smooth jazz business. Well, this film is so traditionally jazz that the lead is an arrogant, miserable drunk in rocky romances, so I don't know how uplifting it can be by its own right, but as big of a jazz geek as Woody Allen is, you know that…
La música es increíble, el formato de biopic es diferente y los personajes son increíblemente divertidos
My favorite performance of Sean Penn's. He nails this character, losing himself in the subtle waves of music he creates. The fact that he's a bastard makes his character all the more interesting.
Me and Woody Allen have one thing in common, we tend to romanticise the decades in which we were each born in. He, the 1930's and I, the 1980's. Sweet and Lowdown is yet another in a long list of films where Allen can pay tribute to this decade and all the great jazz music that came out of it. Music that he is so clearly is in love with. Sweet and Lowdown is the fictional story of Emmett Ray, one of the greatest guitar players in the world in his day, second only to the legendary Django Reinhart. Ray is not only a world class guitar player but a world class fuck up as well. His ego is matched…
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