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Living in Oblivion

Year: 1995
Production Co: Lemon Sky Productions
Director: Tom DeCillo
Writer: Tom DeCillo
Cast: Steve Buscemi, Catherine Keener, Dermot Mulroney, Danielle von Zerneck, Peter Dinklage, James Le Gros
A smart and funny tale of the trials and tribulations of a low budget movie. You know what you're in for during the first sequence where it takes about six goes to get a shot thanks to the boom falling into the shot, the actors forgetting their lines, the sound not being on and a myriad of other problems.

The director (Buscemi) tries to keep it all together but tempers flare as one hitch after another piles up, spoilt stars throw tantrums, spoilt crewmembers throw tantrums and chaos ensues.

There's a really interesting device where each new act of the movie is introduced with the revelation that the previous scenes have been dreams dreamt by the star and director.

A sharp, well thought out and well executed parody of modern filmmaking. Director DeCillo tried to recapture the same magic with Buscemi later in Delirious and failed despite a spirited online viral marketing campaign.

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