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Sweet and Lowdown is a American comedy-drama mockumentary film written and directed by Woody Allen. Loosely based on Federico Fellini 's film La Stradathe film tells the fictional story, set in the s, of a self-confident jazz guitarist Emmet Ray played by Sean Penn who falls in love with a mute woman Samantha Morton. Like September Song - Django Reinhardt - Sweet And Lowdown of Allen's other films e. The film is one of the better-received later works by Allen. Emmet Ray Sean Penn is September Song - Django Reinhardt - Sweet And Lowdown jazz guitarist who achieved some acclaim in the s with a handful of recordings for RCA Victorbut who faded from public view under mysterious circumstances.
Though a September Song - Django Reinhardt - Sweet And Lowdown musician, Ray's personal life is a shambles. He is a spendthrift, womanizer and pimp who believes that falling in love will ruin his musical career. Due to his heavy drinking, he's often late or even absent for performances with his quintet. After music, his favorite hobby is shooting rats at garbage dumps.
Ray idolizes famed guitarist Django Reinhardtand is said to have fainted in his presence and to have fled a nightclub performance with severe stage fright upon hearing a false rumor that Reinhardt was in the audience. On a double date with his drummer, Ray meets Hattie Samantha Mortona shy, mute laundress. After overcoming some initial frustration due to the difficulties of communication, Ray and Hattie form an affectionate and close relationship. She accompanies him on a cross-country trip to Hollywood, where he plays in a short film; Hattie is spotted by a director and enjoys a brief screen career.
However Ray is convinced that a musician of his stature should never settle down with one woman. However, Blanche sees Ray mainly as a colorful example of lower-class life and a source of inspiration for her literary writings.
She reports that Ray is tormented by nightmares and shouts out Hattie's name in his sleep. He assumes that she will take him back, but discovers that she is happily married and raising a family. Afterwards, on a date with a new woman, a despondent Ray plays a melody that Hattie adored and then smashes Marys Boy Child - Kamahl - Peace On Earth guitar and forlornly repeats the phrase "I made a mistake!
Woody Allen and the rest of the documentary experts remarked that Ray's final compositions were legendary, finally reaching the quality of Reinhardt's. Hot off his directing debut Take the Money Genesis (Single Version) - VNV Nation - Genesis.2 RunAllen signed a contract to direct a series of films with United Artists. Told to "write what you want to write," Allen a clarinetist and avid jazz enthusiast wrote The Jazz Babya dramatic screenplay about a jazz musician set in the s.
Allen said later that the United Artists executives were "stunned But we want to tell you that we really don't like this. Inhe dismissed The Jazz Baby as having been "probably too ambitious. InAllen returned to the project, rewriting the script and dubbing it Sweet and Lowdown. In the role of Emmet Ray, a jazz guitarist whom Allen had originally planned to play himself, the director cast Sean Penn ; Allen also considered Johnny Deppbut the actor was busy at the time.
He gave it his all and took direction and made contributions himself In an October 26,appearance on Howard Stern 's radio program, Rosie O'Donnell claimed that Allen offered her the role of Hattie, despite the fact that she had been vocal in her disgust over Allen's relationship with Soon-Yi Previn. When Stern asked if she were at all tempted to take the role despite her personal feelings, she replied that she was "not for Keepin It Real - 25 Ta Life - Live 5-7-95 At Wetlands minute tempted.
Morton's nomination was especially notable given that she does not utter a single word of dialogue in the film. Allen has said that he told Morton to "play the part like Harpo Marx. And she said, 'Who is Harpo Marx? Then I told her about him [and] she went back My Kind Of Padre - Various - Mr Music Country 6/96 saw the films.
Her performance is like nothing I've seen in recent years. The film was the first of Allen's that was edited by Alisa Lepselterwho has edited all of Allen's films since. Lepselter succeeded Susan E. Morsewho edited Allen's films for the previous twenty years. It was the first of three films where Allen collaborated with Chinese cinematographer Zhao Fei. Allen had first noticed Zhao with his award-winning work on Raise the Red Lanternsome years earlier.
The music for the film was arranged and conducted by Dick Hyman. All of the guitar solos are played by guitarist Howard Alden. Alden also coached Sean Penn on playing the guitar for his role in the film. Additional rhythm guitarists: Bucky Pizzarelli and James Chirillo — Chirillo played rhythm guitar on the Sweet Georgia Brown track — where the crescent moon cable breaks while Sean Penn is riding it. Pizzarelli did all other rhythm tracks.
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