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Celluloid Soul

USA 2017
produced by
Mark Pirro, John Ahern (associate) for Pirromount
directed by Mark Pirro
starring Dennis Kinard, Lauren Baldwin, Bill Devlin, Azize Erim, Judy Tenuta, Anne DeVenzio, Hank Grover, Lisa Pirro, Barbi Nance, Tammy Klein, Ken Bryant, Herb Polski, Chelsea Cook, Tyrone Dubosé, Tony Cicchetti, Braddon Mendelson, John McCafferty, Paul Bunnell, Brandon Wainwright, Jean Black, Denise Russel, Buddy Daniels, Doug Waugh
written by Mark Pirro, music by Jerry Danielsen

review by
Mike Haberfelner

Having a playful argument while driving over to their friends, Monty (Dennis Kinard) and Tara (Azize Erim) have an accident ... after which Tara leaves Monty for good, which leaves Monty absolutely shattered - shattered enough that he starts therapy with Dr. Mulavey (Judy Tenuta) ... and even that doesn't seem to help, as his suicidal tendencies grow stronger by the day. And then he sees bit-player Ida Beswick (Lauren Baldwin) in a movie, and instantly falls in love with her - even if the film's from 1939 and it's now 2017. No matter, he still tries to track her down, succeeds, and via phone she tells him her life story, which he turns into a movie script, which relieves Monty of his depressions. At first she's reluctant to meet him though, which he figures might have to do with the fact that she's 98 and not the beauty from her movies anymore. Turns out the contrary is true, she's still the beauty of old - in black and white, with lines and scratches and all, just like in her movies. Of course, that freaks Monty out at first, but eventually he lets Ida into his home and into his life - but does question his own sanity all the same. Problems really start to arise though when Tara comes back into Monty's life though ...


Now this is quite a unique film - not so much because one of the lead characters suffers from a "cinematic anormality" (this idea has already popped up in Woody Allen's Deconstructing Harry, even if Robin Williams was out of focus rather than black and white there) but because despite this central premise, the movie's anything but a one-trick-pony, telling a very engaging story around its central idea in a very entertaining yet non-moronic way, which is also helped by a suitably subtle directorial effort and a solid cast of course.

Well worth a look!



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