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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.
One of the few Woody Allen movies that I had not seen. Sweet and Lowdown stars Sean Penn and Samantha Morton....both received Oscar nominations for their performances. Penn plays a fictional jazz guitar player that is the 2nd best guitar player in the world. More drama than comedy....Allen loves jazz so I am sure he loved making this movie. As for me....I do not really have an opinion on jazz music so I did not enjoy the movie as much as he had making the movie. Morton does shine in a completely wordless performance.
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 -…
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…
"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
Alternately a more palatable version of Deconstructing Harry's portrait of the artist as a raging asshole and a more bitter version of Bullets Over Broadway's quest for love vs. art (gee, I wonder what was on Woody Allen's mind in the 90s?). It's often hilarious, but the laughs (and there are some big ones, the crescent moon entrance and the alternating gas station stories being particular highlights) feel besides the point when there are scenes of rather startling emotional power, considering the movie follows a squeaky-voiced malcontent and his mute lover. Especially at the end, Sean Penn does a lot to make this odd man something pathetically human (he does more emotional heavy lifting with a cartoon voice than he…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
By far one of Woody Allen's most well recieved and prettiests movies of the 1990's, Sweet and Lowdown is a delight upon rewatching. The jokes are still sharp, the cinematography still telling, and the acting still superb. Samantha Morton shines in this role (at times reminding me of Chaplin in his more dramatic scenes), but Sean Penn is a close second. The two of them have great chemistry when together and apart, making for a great finale when Emmet Ray smashes his guitar against the tree.
Sweet and Lowdown proves that despite Allen having a tough time privately and artistically during the turn of the century, he was still able to crank out a genuinely great film.
Theatrical Poster: 7/10
DVD Cover: 6/10
P.S. Being that I'm seeing Café Society Friday, I figured I would end my Woody Marathon with an explanation of why Annie Hall is the greatest film ever made. Get ready for a long one.
With Inside Llewyn Davis on the table, I wondered where the intersections might be. Emmet Ray is a broadly unsympathetic character in comparison; since he starts from his first scene, pimping. He complains about the excuses the prostitutes make for coming up short in their payments of his cut, but the scene ends with a club promoter tracking him down, and complaining, similarly, about his lack of professionalism. The artist as...? Woody Allen's heart beats loudly. The sort of music, that jaunty jazz, with a plucky plucked guitar, ubiquitous in his movies, is now the centre of attention. It sits well, it seems, that the worse a person these guys are, the better a jazz musician, as well. A thread…
This is the biography of Emmet Ray, a jazz musician who is self-professed to be the second greatest guitarist in the world. We follow him through tours and relationships and criminal mischief, but his narcissism and his skilled playing never changes.
This is a lower level Woody Allen movie, with two remarkable performances. First, is Sean Penn who is pretty funny, but more importantly, he is a male lead in a Woody Allen film who doesn't sound or act like Woody Allen in any way. Second is Samantha Morton who steals every scene she is in without speaking a word throughout the whole film. She is honestly captivating, and she transforms her portion of the film from a weak biography…
We've all heard of the meet-cute. This here is the meet-ugly. And while Penn/Morton act the hell out of their roles, there's not enough meat on the bones of this jazzy bit o' biography.
One of Woody's essentials found in the tail end of the 90's. Allen's ever present passion for Jazz is fetishized and celebrated in this light yet poignant story of the world's second greatest Jazz guitarist. A light love tragedy tuned to vane insecurity, self destructive obsession, and shooting rats at the dump. Classic Woody Allen.
did not really catch my interest. could not concentrate. guitar. must have been the reason.
Nice movie...It's not gonna be my favorite from Woody Allen, but worth seeing for Penn and Morton's performance.
Emmet Ray is a fictional character, but so convincing in movie that it's seems like a real chapter of jazz history we somehow overlooked..
I read in Wikipedia that this film, is loosely based on Federico Fellini's La Strada... Well La Strada's ending is much more dramatic for Giuiletta Masina's character than Samantha Morton's one )) Worth to mention, that both Penn and Morton received Oscar nominations, for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress respectively.
Il gioco del falso documentario non funziona bene come in Zelig, ma fondamentalmente il problema principale del film è che c'è Sean Penn, attore insopportabile, capace di rovinare qualsiasi film solo grazie alla sua capacità di essere Sean Penn, attore insopportabile.
Sarà che è un periodo che non lo posso vedere neanche da lontano, ma è troppo vanitoso, troppo egocentrico, troppo narcisistico. Magari recita pure bene, per carità, però io non ho creduto neanche per un secondo che il suo personaggio potesse avere un qualsiasi tipo di complesso di inferiorità nei confronti di Django Reinhardt. Da questo punto di vista, semplicemente non è credibile, solo fastidioso.
Complete list. :-(
Found these lists (twelve total which I've compiled) a couple years back and they slowly became my bible for weird…