1995   USA Living in Oblivion
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Director:Tom DiCillo
Studio:Sony Pictures
Writer:Tom DiCillo
IMDb Rating:7.4 (8,086 votes)
Awards:7 wins & 6 nominations
Duration:90 min
Tom DiCillo  ...  (Director)
Tom DiCillo  ...  (Writer)
Steve Buscemi  ...  Nick Reve
Catherine Keener  ...  Nicole Springer
Dermot Mulroney  ...  Wolf
Danielle von Zerneck  ...  Wanda
James Le Gros  ...  Chad Palomino (as James LeGros)
Rica Martens  ...  Cora
Peter Dinklage  ...  Tito
Kevin Corrigan  ...  Assistant Camera
Hilary Gilford  ...  Script
Robert Wightman  ...  Gaffer
Tom Jarmusch  ...  Driver / Intern
Michael Griffiths  ...  Sound Mixer
Matthew Grace  ...  Boom
Ryan Bowker  ...  Food Service / Clapper
Francesca DiMauro  ...  Production Assistant
Jim Farmer  ...  Composer
Frank Prinzi  ...  Cinematographer
Dana Congdon  ...  Editor
Camilla Toniolo  ...  Editor
Summary: You won't find a smarter, more amusing, or more accurate send-up of low-budget filmmaking than Tom DiCillo's 1995 independent feature, Living in Oblivion, wherein a motley cast of would-be artistes blunders its way through a day on the set. Steve Buscemi plays goateed Nick Reve, a harried, sweating director whose crew of numbskulls and egotists seems hell-bent on ruining his film. The trials and tribulations of independent filmmaking are not foreign material for writer-director DiCillo, who cut his teeth as Jim Jarmusch's cinematographer on 1985's Stranger Than Paradise before going on to direct his own work, such as the offbeat 1992 comedy Johnny Suede. Like that film, Living in Oblivion rides a precariously thin line between the real and the surreal, featuring a midget actor and an exploding smoke-effects machine, as well as a ridiculously narcissistic Brad Pittesque character played by James Le Gros. While films like Get Shorty, Fran├žois Truffaut's Day for Night, and Jean-Luc Godard's Contempt suggest that moviemaking is hip and glamorous, Living in Oblivion will have none of that. The film within the film feels like a director's primer on what not to do, and this modest-budget gem both lovingly and caustically strips the "cool" veneer from the filmmaking process. They should show this one to kids thinking of entering film school. It might make them think better of it. --Nick Poppy

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