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Fading Gigolo

2014

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Murray (Woody Allen) talks his friend Fioravante (John Turturro) into becoming a gigolo as a way of making some much needed cash after an out-of-the-blue request from his dermatologist (Sharon Stone). With Murray acting as Fioravante's "manager," the duo quickly finds themselves caught up in the crosscurrents of love and money. Also stars Vanessa Paradis, Liev Schreiber and Sofía Vergara.

Starring:
John Turturro, Woody Allen
Runtime:
1 hour, 29 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Comedy
Director John Turturro
Starring John Turturro, Woody Allen
Supporting actors Vanessa Paradis, Liev Schreiber, Sharon Stone, Sofía Vergara, Tonya Pinkins, Aubrey Joseph, Dante Hoagland, Isaiah Clifton, Michael Badalucco, Aida Turturro, Allen Lewis Rickman, Teddy Bergman, Ness Krell, Russell Posner, Delphina Belle, Diego Z. Turturro, Ted Sutherland, Eugenia Kuzmina
Studio Millennium Entertainment
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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Format: Blu-ray
When I went to see this movie I admit I had little expectation of it, with the subject matter of a middle aged fellow played by John Turturro randomly becoming a gigolo at the prompting of his older friend played by Woody Allen.

I assumed incorrectly that it was a Woody Allen written and directed movie, an understandable mistake if you see the movie, though it was both written and directed by John Turturro.

What you may discover as you watch is a marvellous exposition of this story, with Sharon Stone, reminding us of how sexy she can be, and Sofia Vergara showing us how sexy she is, in flattering but not overly revealing lingerie. Oh well.

The story stems from a random conversation between Woody and a female friend who wants to be in a menage a trois, and you can imagine how it develops from there, but probably not how it actually develops in the movie. What impressed me was the subtlety of the piece, how well it was written, the understated performance of Turturro, who goes with the flow in every situation, it eschews comedy though it has its moments going for the more tender story at the heart.

Fading gigolo takes on another dimension when Murray (Woody) persuades a grieving Rabbi's widow married into a particularly repressive sect, to get a massage from our lothario, which provides the pivotal moment in the movie, and a woman almost literally
frozen by her grief begins to.......and this introduces the central performance of the movie by French actress Vanessa Paradis who brings a certain French chicness to the role, accompanied by a soundtrack reminiscent of those French movies from the sixties. Really she steals the movie from everyone except Turturro with a simply brilliant and also subtle performance.
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Format: DVD
I loved this crazy movie. Woody Allen plays Murray, a 70-something used book store owner, whose business isn't bringing in the bucks like it used to.

Allen needs another source of income and decides to become a pimp. So he recruits John Turturro's character, Fioravante, as a gigolo, to charge women for sex (Turturro is the sole member of Allen's stable).

Turturro plays a 50-something, part-time flower shop worker who is also in need of some extra money. It was not easy for the Woody Allen character to sell Turturro on the idea of becoming a gigolo, and you can understand his hesitation. Turturro sort of looks like what you would think Eddie Haskell, of Leave It To Beaver, would look like in his 50's. Turturro tells the Woody Allen character that he is not a beautiful man. Allen counters that neither is Mick Jagger, but look at all the women he gets. Turturro counters that Mick Jagger is a millionaire celebrity rock star and that women don't pay him for sex.

As the story progresses, we find out that the Woody Allen character lives in the same apartment with a black woman in her 40's and her kind-of-nerdish young children (they wear thick glasses and checkered shirts and thin neckties). The kids seem to adore Murray, and they call him Poppa Mo (?!?!). The mother seems to get on quite well with Murray and is very protective of him. What exactly is going on in this arrangement is never explained in the movie, which makes it that much more intriguing and, somehow or another, that much more comical.

At any rate, after an exceedingly funny scene where Allen and Turturro decide what their pimp and gigolo cover names are going to be, they go to work. In another laugh-riot-of-a-scene, Allen is on the phone hustling up work for Turturro.
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Woody Allen does a decent job of acting his age in this delightful movie, but John Turturro may be too aloof leaving the viewer to wonder if his reticence reflects his mysterious inner self, or if he's just a cipher. The rest of the cast is convincing, especially Vanessa Paradis whose quirky good looks and front teeth can mesmerize you. (Americans aren't allowed to leave junior high with gaps that wide!)

This is an exclusively New York City version of Detroit's "Hung," but with the emphasis on the consequences of intimate interpersonal relationships portrayed in a very sensitive and sophisticated style. Highly Recommended.
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I have never been a John Turturro fan & it was Woody Allen that got me to this in the theater. Woody was Woody but Turturro was a whole other character than I have ever seen him be. A good, sensitive person with the right amount of misgivings & unsureness about a new venture but making you appreciate what he was going through and his affect on the people he is dealing with. I can only hope he makes more movies like this one.
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If you're a Woody fan, you have to watch the movie, and you'll get through it okay. But, it is not what you want.

The let down is Turturro.

Having written and directed the movie, he aims for a decent story, and his instinct to include Woody is a good one, but he doesn't have the skills to display the story, dialogue, and characters deeply, poignantly, or humorously enough to raise this effort.

Turturro's character here is restrained to an uncomfortable level as if he is afraid to emote anything beyond contemplation, introspection, and quiet resignation with the goings on around him. While that might be his vision, its certainly not interesting for viewers. I don't think I saw a single smile from the stiff Turturro for the whole film. Surely his inner life wasn't that bad. Gigolo takes itself too seriously. For this material, and these actors, that's a shame. It could've been fun. Instead, it felt like a film class exercise.
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