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Cannes Man Review


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The most intriguing part of Cannes Man is virtually unknown director Richard Martini cajoled stars like Johnny Depp and Lara Flynn Boyle to appear in his barely amusing semi-mockumentary. (Editor's note: Another director, Susan Shaprio, recently wrote me to contest Martini's ownership of the film. More as it develops.) The film tells a story of a Jersey punk (Francesco Quinn) who hooks up with a smarmy producer (Seymour Cassel) at Cannes to produce his dream flick, a sci-fi something or other inspired by the works of Troma.

The catch: Cassel's only doing it on a bet that he can turn any old jerk into the toast of the Cannes film festival.

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Camera Review


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Richard Martini thrives on making movies out of nothing. His 1996 Cannes Man was shot on the run at the Cannes Film Festival, using whatever talent he could weasel into the production.

Amazingly, Martini seems to be able to do this with some regularity. His 2000 film Camera -- an official Dogme 95 movie -- ostensibly follows the life of a digital video camera from its first purchase (or theft, rather), to various bedrooms, skydives, weddings, suicides, breakups, and more. The camera is sold, resold, stolen repeatedly, and eventually ends up in Martini's hands.

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Cannes Man Review


Bad
The most intriguing part of Cannes Man is virtually unknown director Richard Martini cajoled stars like Johnny Depp and Lara Flynn Boyle to appear in his barely amusing semi-mockumentary. The film tells a story of a Jersey punk (Francesco Quinn) who hooks up with a smarmy producer (Seymour Cassel) at Cannes to produce his dream flick, a sci-fi something or other inspired by the works of Troma.

The catch: Cassel's only doing it on a bet that he can turn any old jerk into the toast of the Cannes film festival.

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