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LULU ON THE BRIDGE

SYNOPSIS:
Unable to play after being accidentally shot, renowned jazz saxophonist Izzy Mauer's (Harvey Keitel) life takes unpredictable turns after he finds a mysterious blue stone and makes a chance connection with aspiring actress Celia Burns (Mira Sorvino). Love blossoms when Izzy and Celia discover an aura emitted by the stone which induces a state of romantic euphoria but trouble lies ahead in the shape of anthropologist Dr Van Horn (Willem Dafoe) who wants the stone at any cost. Also complicating matters are the attentions of Izzy's ex-wife Hannah (Gina Gershon) and film director Catherine Moore (Vanessa Redgrave) who is planning a remake of G.W. Pabst's 'Lulu' in Dublin.

"The very mention that Lulu On The Bridge had some connection with Pabst's 1928 silent masterpiece Pandora's Box made me want to see this but author Paul Auster's solo directing debut (after co-helming Smoke and Blue In The Face with Wayne Wang) lacks the magical touch required to make its schmaltzy story work. Plagued by some of the most cringe-worthy romantic dialogue in recent memory, he has only a capable cast to fall back on and they almost pull it off ... but not quite. Keitel certainly looks the part but all that gooey love talk between Izzy and Celia (Mira Sorvino) becomes almost embarrassing after a while. The 24 year age gap between Keitel and Sorvino doesn't help believability either. On the plus side there's Gina Gershon in customarily good form as Izzy's ex-wife Hannah and Willem Dafoe who gives substance to the poorly conceived role of tough-guy archaelogist Van Horn. Auster wants to celebrate the human condition at its most glorious while reminding us of the dark sides which lurk below. He does that in brief patches but by the time Izzy and Celia's tempestuous relationship leads them to the bridge in Dublin it's hard to really care."
Richard Kuipers

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LULU ON THE BRIDGE
(US)

CAST: Harvey Keitel, Mira Sorvino, Willem Dafoe, Gina Gershon, Mandy Patinkin, Vanessa Redgrave, Victor Argo, Don Byron, Richard Edson, Kevin Corrigan

DIRECTOR: Paul Auster

PRODUCER: Peter Newman, Greg Johnson, Amy Kaufman

SCRIPT: Paul Auster

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Alik Sakharov

EDITOR: Tim Squyres

MUSIC: Graeme Revell

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Kalina Ivanov

RUNNING TIME: 103 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Pinefilm

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: Sept 2, 1999 (Melbourne only)

VIDEO RELEASE: February 14, 2000

VIDEO DISTRIBUTOR: Siren Entertainment







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