"Blue in the Face"
April 3, 2014 3:06 PM Subscribe
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI (34 comments total)
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Back in 1995, Wayne Wang directed a film called "Smoke"
, which starred Harvey Keitel and William Hurt and whose story largely centered on a Brooklyn Cigar shop
on the corner of 16th Street and Prospect Park West. The movie was very well received by critics
and stands as one of the great films of the 1990's... but that's not the whole story.
Wang finished the film early and found himself in control of the storefront for another week. So Wang, like any respectable film geek would, decided to make another
film. He was inspired by the improvising Keitel was doing before takes and asked him to hang around and play his character Augie Wren for another week, which he did (Giancarlo Esposito and Jared Harris also stuck around). They soon got company with appearances by Mira Sorvino
, Jim Jarmusch
, Lily Tomlin
and the late Lou Reed
. Though there is a plot (concerning Victor Argo's character selling the store and leaving town), the film was mostly improvisations combined with footage shot in the area. The film's core, however, is as a love letter