Romance and Cigarettes
Directed by John Turturro
Running time: 105 mins
Written and directed by actor John Turturro, Romance and Cigarettes (2005) is a contemporary musical; a dark and passionate comedy about infidelity and redemption. A gritty and exhilarating film that flirts with the vulgar, it's been described in the New York Times as having “more raw vitality pumping through than in a dozen perky high school musicals” as well as being an “outrageous film” that's “impossible not to love”. Nick Murder (James Gandolfini) is an ironworker who has been married to seamstress Kitty (Susan Sarandon) for years. They have three teenage daughters together and Nick loves his wife, but when he meets and falls for lingerie saleswoman Tula (Kate Winslet), they start an affair. Nick is forced to choose his fate after Kitty discovers his infidelity, revealing a serious edge to the film beneath its crisply comic script. Turturro describes Romance and Cigarettes as a “savage musical” and similarly to Woody Allen's Everyone Says I Love You, music and drama are seamlessly intertwined. “When the characters can no longer express themselves in words” he explains, “they break into song, lip-synching the tunes that are lodged in their subconscious. It is their way to escape the reality of their world: to dream, to remember, to connect to another human being”. The executive producers of the film were The Coen Brothers and their quirky originality and visual flare can be tangibly felt in its flawlessly acted, well-crafted scenes.
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