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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
Sorry Woody. But obscure jazz musicians just ain't my thang.
Like Sweet 'N Low (the sugar packets), I want to take this, shove it in my purse, and pull it out whenever I need it.
Yes, I know sugar packets are often forgotten, lost at the bottom of bags, then eventually thrown away despite once being coveted to steal, and/or, obtain- but let me have this analogy, okay? I mean, If you stop and think about it, it actually still applies to the main characters of this film 🤔 As is examined in Sweet and Lowdown, even people once coveted by others get lost and thrown away too, ya know... *hits blunt*
No, but seriously, this movie has always been a "comfort film" for me. An interesting story, good acting,…
Samantha Morton had never really been on my radar, but I'll certainly be looking out for her more after this. Without saying a word, she puts on an innocent face that reminds one of a confused but still happy puppy, while still managing to convey so much emotion through her eyes and mouth. Sean Penn is fantastic as well, and really nails the full of himself jazz guitarist that I would call the Woody Allen character of the film it he weren't the exact opposite of every character Allen has ever played. If skipping the Oscars ceremony for which he won for Annie Hall so that he could play the clarinet with his band wasn't evidence enough of Allen's love for Jazz music, give Sweet and Lowdown a chance to prove it.
I think I've finally figured out what I don't enjoy about Woody Allen movies - the fact that Woody Allen stars in so many of them.
I don't know, it's just I always seem to enjoy them way more when they're not explicitly 'Woody Allen' movies. It has some recognisable aspects - the titles, mainly - but the dialogue, also.
But this...THIS is a lot of fun. I'm not really a jazz fan like Allen is - I've listened to bits and pieces of it, watched a number of films about jazz musicians rising and falling, most recently Born To Be Blue.
I also enjoyed how this plays out like a docudrama. You'd expect the talking heads - that suddenly…
After “Deconstructing Harry” and “Celebrity,” one could look at this collection of films in the late ‘90s as Woody Allen’s trilogy of self examination and self loathing. “Sweet and Lowdown” bookends nicely with “Harry,” which piled on the vitriol at almost every turn (save for the unsatisfying ending). “Lowdown” is also a good enough antidote for the dreadful “Celebrity,” which bookends with an image of the word “HELP” as a kid of plea from the main character (the Woody Allen surrogate) after a series of bad life choices. “Lowdown” does return to Allen’s “sweet” side while also having the ending that “Harry” should have had in the first place, that of the artist, crumbing in self-pity and loneliness, lamenting that…
είμαι όρθια εδώ και τέσσερα λεπτά και χειροκροτώ τον σον πεν πρώτη φορά για όλους τους σωστούς λόγους .
(αυτή ήταν μια υπέροχη ταινία)
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…
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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…
Found these lists (twelve total which I've compiled) a couple years back and they slowly became my bible for weird…
Complete list. :-(