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Lulu On The Bridge (1999)

Harvey Keitel , Mira Sorvino , Paul Auster  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Harvey Keitel, Mira Sorvino, Richard Edson, Don Byron, Kevin Corrigan
  • Directors: Paul Auster
  • Writers: Paul Auster
  • Producers: Amy J. Kaufman, Greg Johnson, Ira Deutchman, Jane Barclay, Melissa Chesman
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: September 21, 1999
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 157362697X
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #152,670 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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This 103 minute feature film is a DVD starring Harvey Keit el, Mira Sorvino, Willem Dafoe, Gina Gershon, and Vanessa R edgrave.

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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A terrific movie--but could have been a great movie October 23, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
I don't want to give away the ending, but this whole movie takes place on the bridge between life and death. I think it may be Auster's best work since the New York Trilogy. It has all the nested levels of reality that those novels had and which sort of got lost in his later books. It also points up an important paradox in Auster's universe of paradoxes: You can accept a world run by chance without being a cynic. This film is all about paradox. There is a blurring or merging of opposites: The magic stone is both a love potion and Pandora's box; Izzy is both a rotten bastard and Sir Galahad; Celia is both a true hearted girl and Lulu; the movie itself is both romantic and existential, etc. In Auster's world--as in the real world--everything contains a little of its opposite, so that in the end no definition holds up. But this chaotic symmetry is spoiled by the final cut. Celia's dark side is shown in the movie within the movie, a remake of G.W. Pabst's 1928 film Pandora's Box (based on Wedekind's play, like Berg's opera), and these scenes of the movie being made, with Celia as Lulu, are a prominent part of Auster's script. They were shot and were still in the film during postproduction interviews given by Auster and even the film editor. But between then and the time the movie was released for rental, all those Lulu scenes got cut out! I can easily see how this would have happened in the old Hollywood studio system. Some bottom-line weasle would have considered these scenes a distraction from the rest of the movie simply whacked 'em out without consulting the director. But in this case Auster and his producer seem to have had complete control over the project, so I can only conclude that Auster himself must have done the cutting, or at least agreed to it. Why, Paul?! If anybody has any info on this, please write to me. This movie is a good as "Smoke"--better in my opinion--but it could have been great without the cuts.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Enjoyable October 25, 2003
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How do I describe this film? Let's just say it's the end that makes this film (I believe direct to video) most interesting. I have a theory about the life we lead and about each moment of that life. What is real and what isn't? How long a moment last? What may seem a second to the ordinary person, could be a whole lifetime to someone else. Whether it's the first thought in your head or the last thought before you blink out of existence. With that said, you might think that this film explores that. Perhaps, perhaps not. It's what you think that happened. It's what you get out of this picture. This is one of those films that warrants follow on discussions after you see it. Especially for those who may go on to psychological, or better yet, philosophical endeavors. Harvey Keitel plays a man who hasn't had such a pleasant life and he gets shot one day. During his recovery, he has a change of heart. He meets Mira Sorvino. Because he thinks he has met the perfect person things start to change for him and for her. It's gets to be your basic love story. Ah, but there is a twist (or is it really a twist). That is all I am going to say about this film. Rent it, catch it on cable and enjoy this well-made film. It may be slow for some, but I think the pay off (in my opinion only) is worth it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mixed emotions... August 20, 2001
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Format:VHS Tape
Everyone acted excellent, but I was a little dissapointed with the ending. I know it's supposed to be abstract and all, but I've seen films which were just as abstract, yet had a more satisfying ending. But I do recommend the film, regardless of the ending. For anyone who has ever been in love with another (and I mean requited and unconditional love), the sincere love scenes will really hit home, and are worth watching. Surprisingly, even though the two fall in love the first day they meet, it is all believable and real, and not contrived at all. Very intense emotions. By the way, if you like Keitel in this one, rent "Holy Smoke".
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beware of God October 25, 2001
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This movie was underrated, not seen, in the US; I saw it in Mexico and was astonished by the exquisite, simple little story and esp. the ambiguous character played by Willem deFoe, was he on a side or not? Additionally, the music is a treasure and apparently not available as a soundtrack. (...)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Harvey Keitel is one of those actors who might not have a ten million dollar leading role, but he is an actor that has built up a large following. One reason for Keitel's popularity is because he has often been stereotyped as a either a thug or gruff type of character - and has been able to pull off the role very well. However Keitel has proven he is a very versatile actor and has proven this with a very nice portfolio of work over the past two decades. Keitel proves his versatility in what was an unnoticed film in 1998 called "Lulu on the Bridge". Despite some holes in the storyline, Keitel delivers a very solid performance and one that should keep his fans happy. "Lulu on the Bridge" is a modern day romance story with a touch of fantasy added in. While the movie itself will entertain you, I did feel that this movie could have even been better.

In "Lulu on the Bridge", Keitel plays Isaac "Izzy" Maurer. Maurer is a jazz saxophonist in a little-known club band called Katmandu. While not a criminal, we get a picture throughout the movie that Maurer has led anything but a saintly life. While playing a performance at a New York City club, a madman sniper comes into the club and starts firing his gun. In the chaos, Maurer is struck by sniper's bullet. He suffers a major injury and loses a lung as a result of the shooting. The loss of the lung ends the career that Maurer cherished - his musical career. Maurer tries to adjust to life after music, but finds himself going the loner route. In an effort to keep Maurer from being lonely, Maurer's ex-wife Hannah (played by Gina Gershon) and her boyfriend, filmmaker Phillip Kleinman (played by Mandy Pantakin) befriend him. However, Izzy still seems destined for a lonely life.
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3.0 out of 5 stars mixed feelings
The first time I saw this movie, I must have been on post-surgical painkillers or something because I thought it was really great. Read more
Published 22 months ago by NancyMae
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible Movie
This movie is incredible, moving, life changing, beautiful. Some may deem it a trip into a dream, but along the way are seen miracles of human connection that transcend everyday... Read more
Published on January 4, 2011 by W. whitaker
1.0 out of 5 stars Just couldn't get into it...
I watched this film for 30 minutes and just couldn't get past its phony pretensions and contrived dialogue. I gave it a pass...
Published on March 14, 2010 by D. B. Rosett
4.0 out of 5 stars A terrific movie that could have been great
I don't want to give away the ending, but this whole movie takes place on the bridge between life and death. I think it may be Auster's best work since the New York Trilogy. Read more
Published on February 25, 2009 by Warren Criswell
1.0 out of 5 stars If depression is your gig, this is your DVD
LULU ON THE BRIDGE (1998), is a movie whose goal was of being
different from anything else that's been made, as a story, or movie,
perhaps by people in the business who... Read more
Published on June 22, 2007 by Pork Chop
2.0 out of 5 stars Please...
Although this movie has going for it Harvey Keitel as well as an interesting mystery stone, overall it is pure arthouse garbage. Yes, I like enigmatic, intricate movies. Read more
Published on December 15, 2003 by "yabbee"
5.0 out of 5 stars Aphrodite, metaphysics, and illusion
What is the story about? Jazz saxaphonist, Izzy, is performing with his band and is shot(whether intentionally or accidentally is not clear) by what seems like a crazed man. Read more
Published on October 26, 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE this indy film.
This movie keeps me sane. Seriously. Whenever I feel lost
in the world, or feel anxious, I think about this film, and
it calms me. Read more
Published on September 6, 2002
1.0 out of 5 stars Amateurish attempt at depth
A... mish-mash of styles, coupled with choppy editing, awkward dialogue, and wretched film quality - thoroughly unentertaining. Read more
Published on August 29, 2001 by Morgan G King
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