Nataliya Alyexeyenko (left) comforts Elizabeth Gondek in misguided comment on film industry.
THE LAST MOVIE (Bruce Pittman). 103 minutes. Opens Friday (November 30) at the Royal Cinema. See the Indie & Rep Film listing. Rating: N
Veteran TV director and former owner of the Revue Cinema Bruce Pittman embarrasses himself with this micro-budgeted vanity project about the movie business.
He plays Nicholas Crawley, a crusty old director hired by a producer (August Schellenberg) to write and direct an English-language remake of a Russian film noir. But the actor (Beth Gondek) he's chosen to play his femme fatale begins to lose it, becoming obsessed with the original Russian character and blurring the lines between fiction and reality.
At least I think that's what happens. Pittman clutters the film with so many elements, it's hard to tell. There's a rant about ageism in the business as well as a tsk-tsk scene about pandering to audiences wanting sex scenes. Oh, and how could I forget the pedantic crash course on film noir in which Crawley simply shows books on the subject to a crew making a documentary about him?
This faux documentary team is the stupidest element in a dumb film. Maybe Pittman thought he'd jump on the found footage bandwagon, but the doc crew appears sporadically for no reason and is quickly dispensed with in the final third.
When it comes to his career, the title of Pittman's movie could prove prophetic.