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The Auteur

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2.9 out of 5 stars (55) IMDb 5.8/10

Director James Westby's THE AUTEUR is the story of renowned adult film director Arturo Domingo (Melik Malkasian) who has arrived in Portland, Oregon to receive a film festival's Lifetime Achievement award.

Starring:
Melik Malkasian, Denise Chanterelle DuBois
Runtime:
1 hour, 17 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Comedy
Director James Westby
Starring Melik Malkasian, Denise Chanterelle DuBois
Supporting actors Loren Hoskins, John Breen, Andrew Harris, Amanda Jackie Warren, Leslie Taylor, Viva Las Vegas, Malice McMunn, Sahara, Cora Benesh, Cara Seymour, Katherine Flynn, Victor Morris, Jacob Pander, Katie O'Grady, Tony Marcellino, Brian Jones, Alexis Eudy, Satori
Studio Tigard Film Society
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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A hilarious film with a fantastic ensemble cast. Melik Malkasian is pure genius and James Westby
has arrived with this fantastic low budget film

Don't be scared away by the budget. this is not your typial crappy low budget film but instead
is a wonderfully funny and surprisingly heartwarming film. Fast paces, excellent acting and
a hilarious premise.

I saw this in a theater and the audience went nuts. so if you are tired of Hollywood Recycled crap
do yourselves a favor and buy this extremely well crafted film.

CAVEAT: No, I did not work on or finance this film.

I simply enjoyed every frame and genuinely loved it
and want to support more independent filmmakers... talented ones anyway.
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Cruising to laugh, we chose this film based on some of the frank reviews left.

It was hilarious....the film made fun of the pompous film makers and it was a laugh riot all the way home. In the vein of SPINAL TAP.....

Have to wonder why more US films don't accept an NC17 rating in the mainstream. What's worse...killing or making fun of porno makers???

Enjoy a good laugh, watch this film.
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After reading some of the bad reviews about this movie, I almost passed it up. I'm glad I didn't. This movie is not only funny, but it has a great story. Melik Malkasian does an excellent job in portraying a self absorbed, artsy, Italian porn director who lets success get to his head and eventually his career takes a nosedive because of it. When his life spins out of control and he loses his wife and his best friend/artistic muse, he is humbled enough to see the error of his ways and finds redemption when he directs his greatest porn masterpiece yet, "The Gangbangs of New York".
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Arturo Domingo (Melik Malkasian) was a renowned filmmaker, known for making pornographic films that combined artful filmmaking with graphic depictions of sex in movies like Five Easy Nieces and Requiem for a Wet Dream. But when a falling out separated Arturo with his constant star Frank E. Normo (John Breen), Arturo's films begin to tank. Now, Arturo is being honored for his body of work with a lifetime achievement award at a film festival in Portland, Oregon as he tries to put the pieces of his life back together.

John Westby first came up with the idea for The Auteur in 2002 in a short film which also starred Melik Malkasian as the Mediterranean porn director. In the short Domingo is recording the commentary track for his hit film Requiem for a Wet Dream. Armed with a shoestring budget, Westby re teamed with the star of his short film to make a feature length film based on the life of his protagonist. So how does this low budget indie film turn out?

For the feature length sequel, so to speak, Westby borrows not only from the porn industry but also from great films like Requiem for a Dream, Full Metal Jacket, and Fight Club as well as the lives of great directors such as Martin Scorsese. Surprisingly The Auteur is a fairly good film. While Arturo could easily have been a loathsome character, and is at points, the character's well written to the point where you actually feel for the character. The writing is also surprisingly funny, and the movie is also fairly sweet for all it's raunchiness.

The acting in this movie is also fairly good considering it's D-list cast. Melik Malkasian, while he starts off a little stiff, finds his niche as the movie moves on and really fits into the role. John Breen, as Frank E.
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This is probably the funniest indie/low budget movie I've ever seen. I can't suggest this movie enough. Rent it, buy it. Malik is friggan amazing as Arturo Domingo. John Breen is awesome. The romance with Fiona is hilarious and painful to watch.

Other indie flicks can't compare. Only Boondock Saints has this kind of word-of-mouth cool.
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Its a great movie. its totally ob seared. Im just glad to see that there are people out there that can still wright a good flick. the fact that its a low budget movie and its still good sed's something.Also i like how they make a comedy out of such an adult subject, Its not for every one but i like it. lol
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An unexpected find while going through Amazon Prime. Although the acting was mediocre it was an Interesting film but seemed choppy. I found myself searching for the story line. Then I was let down by the ending.
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Okay, if you are into video and wanting to learn about early attempts of adult video photography, you might partially enjoy this movie. If you are expecting to see "hot sex and action" then forget it, it's not happening as most of the actors and actresses are nude, but there's mild porn depicted. The plot is what both sells it as some piece of historical value, while not really having much more of a plot other than a storyline. It was a disappointment for finding a historical viewpoint, but nonetheless, enjoyable in a non-serious way.
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