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SEDUCED AND ABANDONED (15) [Birmingham Mail (UK)]

November 8, 2013

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FILM financing is a curious, mostly unseen business that's often of little concern to cinema-goers eager to see some silver screen thrills and spills.

But it's the money men who dictate what gets made, where and when.

Originally made for US cable channel HBO, Seduced And Abandoned is a revealing insight into the film industry, shot over 10 days in May 2012 as director James Toback and actor Alec Baldwin descended on the Cannes Film Festival to secure funding for an erotically charged drama set in the Middle East and inspired by Bernardo Bertolucci's Last Tango In Paris.

Toback claims to want to remake the cult classic as 'Last Tango in Takrit' with Baldwin as his leading man.

"There are billionaires everywhere... all we need is one," is the festival maxim.

Featured luminaries include Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola and the now wheelchair-bound Italian filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci.

Coppola admits: "I'm not going to make a movie as successful as The Godfather again. That was a fluke... for many reasons."

And the reclusive Roman Polanksi says: "There is never enough money. Repulsion was Pounds 41,000 and in the end it got close to Pounds 90,000."

To a man, they all ache to make the films of their dreams.

But this is where the financiers come in... and, after Baldwin slips off camera, there's a delicious aside from one potential investor to the effect that 'he's not box office'.

Although this isn't as cinematic as Keanu Reeves' Side by Side, last year's documentary about the industry's transition from celluloid to digital, it feels honest, with Baldwin admitting he's sometimes trusted people he shouldn't have.

"You are seduced and abandoned time and time again," he says.

"But, when you get (a film) right, it does stand alone."

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