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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
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.
Sean Penn is fantastic in this, but Samantha Morton runs away with it without saying a single word. She is just wonderful.
Woody Allen's fictionalized "documentary" about a famous jazz guitarist's rise and fall in Depression-era America.
This plays out like one of those biopics about famous musicians that all blend into one another because of their sameness ("Ray," "Walk the Line"), the difference here being that Sean Penn's Emmet Ray is a fictional creation, and Allen is lampooning the very conventions that make those other movies so boring.
Penn displays a gift for comedy he hadn't exercised since "Fast Times at Ridgemont High," while Samantha Morton made her first major appearance in front of movie audiences as his mute, long-suffering and ever-dependable wife.
This isn't one of my favorite Allen comedies, but it's a pretty good movie.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
The old cliché of a person being great artist but a terrible human being is certainly true for Sean Penn's fictional Emmet Ray, self-dubbed the second best guitarist in the world. Why he attracts the attention of more than one female is beyond me; Thurman's Blanche is drawn to that rough, unhemmed quality about him like writers are drawn to trouble subjects because they make for great stories. And Allen too has made this little misstep - there is nigh a thing redeemable about Ray but for his soulful jazz guitar, which must be exactly what Allen finds himself so eager to capture. The framing device is an unnecessary one, too clever for its own right; Allen and other jazz…
80/100 - "Sooner or later everyone's dreams go up in smoke."
A typical atmospherical Woody Allen movie; able to laugh and then snap to dead pan in a matter of seconds. Sweet and Lowdown is a stylistic and quirky movie which brings music to life. With great acting and a fake documentary like structure, you begin forgetting its not the real documentary about him. Watch it if you are a fan of Woody Allen.
Falso documentário que ilustra a conhecida paixão de Woody Allen pelo Jazz. Ótimas performances de Sean Penn e Samantha Morton. Direção de arte impecável.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Just a list of films either about jazz, jazz musicians or films with jazz scores. I've added notes where necessary.…