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Boogie Woogie (2009)

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A comedy of manners set against the backdrop of contemporary London and the international art scene.

Director:

Duncan Ward

Writers:

Danny Moynihan (screenplay), Danny Moynihan (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gillian Anderson ... Jean Maclestone
Alan Cumming ... Dewey Dalamanatousis
Heather Graham ... Beth Freemantle
Danny Huston ... Art Spindle
Jack Huston ... Jo Richards
Christopher Lee ... Mr. Alfred Rhinegold
Joanna Lumley ... Mrs. Alfreda Rhinegold
Simon McBurney ... Robert Freign
Meredith Ostrom ... Joany
Charlotte Rampling ... Emille
Amanda Seyfried ... Paige Oppenheimer
Stellan Skarsgård ... Bob Maclestone
Jaime Winstone ... Elaine
Alfie Allen ... Photographer
Gemma Atkinson ... Charlotte Bailey
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Storyline

In London's contemporary art world, everyone has a hustle. Art Spindle runs a high-end gallery: he hopes to flip a Mondrian for millions. One of his assistants, Beth, is sleeping with Art's most acquisitive client, Bob Macclestone. Beth wants Bob to set her up in her own gallery, so she helps him go behind Art's back for the Mondrian. Bob's wife, Jean, sets her eye on a young conceptual artist, Jo, who lusts after Art's newest assistant, Paige. Meanwhile, self-absorbed lesbian videographer Elaine is chewing her way through friends and lovers looking to make it: if she'll throw Dewey, her agent, under the bus, Beth may give her a show. And the Mondrian? No honor among thieves. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

Seduction. Betrayal. Death. There's an Art to Everything.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content, graphic nudity, language throughout and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 September 2017 (Taiwan) See more »

Also Known As:

Juegos de placer See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,776, 25 April 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,776, 25 April 2010
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Heather Graham and Sir Christopher Lee lent their voice talents in the video game EverQuest II (2004) as the leaders of the two opposing cities: Queen Antonia Bayle and Overlord Lucan D'Lere, respectively. See more »

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An aimless collage of happenings in the art world
20 June 2013 | by Gordon-11See all my reviews

This film is about a group of buyers, dealers, workers and creators in the art world.

"Boogie Woogie" tells the story of the superficial and pretentious group of people in the art scene in London. The plot follows a dealer who tries to buy a painting, a manager who wants to open an art gallery, a video artist who films everything and a wealthy couple who does not bat an eyelid when paying millions for a painting. The numerous characters are somewhat connected, but they feel more like characters in distinct subplots that are not interrelated. With the exception of Alan Cumming, the characters are unlikable. I feel sorry for Alan Cumming's character as he is truly a victim of the art world, and the only character in the film that evokes sympathy from me.

The constant description of what I think is not art with the most flowery description gets on my nerves. The scene where Amanda Seyfried receives a specially prepared artwork from Stellan Skarsgard truly revolted me. Is that really art? Is that what people would describe as honest and brave, exposing the real life etc?

"Boogie Woogie" has a great ensemble cast, but unfortunately the plot is too loosely held together and lacks engagement. It looks more like an aimless collage of happenings in the art world.


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