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Living In Oblivion [1995] [DVD]

Steve Buscemi , Catherine Keener , Tom DiCillo    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Steve Buscemi, Catherine Keener, Dermot Mulroney, Danielle Von Zerneck, James Le Gros
  • Directors: Tom DiCillo
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Second Sight Films Ltd.
  • DVD Release Date: 21 Jan 2008
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000ZK9SYY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,102 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



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, Frangois 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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*SPECIAL FEATURES* - DIRECTOR COMMENTARY DELETED SCENES INTERVIEW WITH TOM DICILLO AND STEVE BUSCEMI - Steve Buscemi is Nick Reve, a luckless low-budget director struggling against all odds to get his artistic vision onto the screen. The big name leading man arrives on set with a big ego and some scene-improving ideas of his own, the leading lady has confidence issues, his inept crew include a cinematographer who fails to capture a rare moment of brilliance as he s busy throwing-up and a dwarf for the dream sequence is angry at typecasting - 'I don't even have dreams with dwarves in them'. Insecurities, love rivalries, mounting tension and an exploding smoke-machine all add to the catalogue of trials for Nick as he desperately tries to hold onto his sanity.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding - an undisvovered classic 23 Aug 2001
Format:VHS Tape
This is one of those hidden gems. I don't know why it took me so long to find out about it, but it's one of the best films I've seen this year. Buscemi is in top form and the writing and direction put most films to shame. buy it, watch it, tell all your mates about it, them watch it again with them, glowing in the pride of having discovered such a top film :)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious, Fun, and witty! 22 April 2000
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Format:VHS Tape
Art House style, extremely funny story about a completely incapable film crew trying desperately to produce a movie. This Movie is a must for anyone who has: studied media, attempted to make their own move, involved in television and film production, or anyone who just wants a laugh. Beware this is not a high gloss, hollywood style comedy. But it is exactly this that makes it so appealing.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Film 29 May 2008
I can't remember how I came across this film, but I did and read a review for a region 1 copy and bought it for region 2 via amazon. While it is an independent film, it is not so kooky as to make it so far from the mainstream as to be inaccessible to most film audiences and would appeal to teanagers upwards. The interview in the bonus material is a good insight to how the film came to be made and developed, which only adds to the experience. Steve Buscemi brings a quality to the film that only he can and the rest of the cast are excellent too. The storyline concerns the frustrations and difficulties of making a low budget movie - a neat idea for a low-budget film and one that is both instructive and hilarious. A most enjoyable film that had me laughing out loud and a feel good film too. It should be a stonking hit, so I recommend everyone who is interested in film to buy it asap.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So Accurate 8 Jun 2006
Format:VHS Tape
Hidden gem of a film which deserved much more publicity than it got.

I work in the film industry and this is so spot on! It really should be shown to ALL media students as part of their course!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Steve Buscemi - at his very, very best 14 Aug 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Many words of praise have been lavished upon this non-plussed parable on (or is it a parody of?) film-making.

I have nothing to add to that except endorsing the dictum that the movie, on the whole, is a real gem, a cult-movie, and a comedy on Hollywood if you ever had one - and, yes, of course it's about movie-making. Not necessarily about the "lower ranks" and the intricacies of low-budget movies.

But it is a fearless close-up on some of the hapless yet entirely lovable characters you will find in the truly ambitious but utterly powerless realms of the not-so-famous studios, where countless dreamers are the victims - but never the masters - of their countless ideas and politically correct inhibitions, or should I say their many stubborn (adolescent) long-haired fixations?

Of course all of that has been described in dozens of famous movies about movie-making.

However, the way that Steve Buscemi gets into the skin of young director Nick Reve, the super-understanding and perceptive softie, who is hopelessly overwhelmed by the sheer weight of his job without realizing it (he is just incapable of being ruthless enough to transform his vision into action, or palpable results), is nothing but marvelous.
Is it by chance that his name Reve means dreams, as in the French word rève? I believe it's not.

If you are interested in movies about Hollywood, or movie-making, and if you happen to like the art of Steve Buscemi, this is a must-have movie, if there ever is one.
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