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385 Ratings

Fading Gigolo

Directed by John Turturro
United States, 2013


Woody Allen plays as bookseller-turned-pimp to John Turturro’s middle-aged neophyte hustler, in actor-writer-director Turturro’s inspired left-field comedy.

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Fading Gigolo Directed by John Turturro
The preposterousness of this plot marks Fading Gigolo as a vanity project, but it’s hard to take Turturro too much to task when he hits so many other grace notes in between blowing his own horn. The script’s mix of self-deprecation and narcissism is potent; as in his urban musicalRomance & Cigarettes, the director is going for something guileless and unabashedly passionate, and he gets much closer this time.
May 23, 2014
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Most immediately apparent… is the film’s sluggish sense of rhythm. Any snap to the dialogue that does occasionally surface, usually as a result of Allen’s energised staccato, is undermined by the counter-productive slink of long-time collaborator Marco Pontecorvo’s camera. An elegant romanticism is evidently the idea, but so ham-fisted is its basic visual grammar and behind-the-beat editing, that it effects little more than a droning monotony.
May 22, 2014
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The premise is preposterous and many of the gags are tasteless (like making Allen’s character the father of several poor black children), yet the tone is gentle, even elegiac, and the players are surprisingly sensitive. If you’re looking for something different, this won’t disappoint you.
April 30, 2014
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