Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Cannes Showstopper Could Be James Toback’s Doc About Cannes, Filmed There Last Year


We won’t know for another couple of weeks. But it does seem like James Toback‘s documentary, “Seduced and Abandoned,” could be the hot ticket in Cannes this year. Of course, the doc, which Toback filmed at Cannes last year with Alec Baldwin, is about, of course, Cannes. Toback and Baldwin spent the two weeks of the festival interviewing everyone they could nail down. They even got some people who weren’t there. But their crew was everywhere, and the duo managed even to snare Roman Polanski. The only person they may not have gotten was Harvey Weinstein. Toback did do a little filming around the festival as well with Neve Campbell. He also got Bernardo Bertolucci and Francis Ford Coppola. There will be footage from various events including amFAR’s ridiculous annual dinner and Vanity Fair’s famous star studded bi annual party at the Hotel du Cap. We may also see the crew being denied entry into certain places, and that’s always fun, too. There hasn’t been a good movie about Cannes since Henry Jaglom’s “Festival in Cannes” more than a dozen years ago. PS Sources say the doc may have a distributor before the festival even starts.

PS I first reported the existence of “Seduced and Abandoned” back on September 12, 2011– exclusively.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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