A dazzling collage of interviews, classic movie clips and colorful personalities, SEDUCED AND ABANDONED features a cast that includes Alec Baldwin, Berenice Bejo, Bernardo Bertolucci, James Caan, Neve Campbell, Graydon Carter, Jessica Chastain, Diablo Cody, Francis Ford Coppola, Ryan Gosling, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Diane Kruger, Mike Medavoy, Ron Meyer, Jean Pigozzi, Roman Polanski, Brett Ratner, Martin Scorsese and Taki Theodoracopulos. SEDUCED AND ABANDONED debuts as part of the HBO Documentary Films Fall Series on Monday, October 28.
ABOUT SEDUCED AND ABANDONED
For ten days in May 2012, director James Toback and actor Alec Baldwin worked their way through the Cannes Film Festival in an attempt to secure financing for a proposed film project, a political-erotic Middle Eastern adventure inspired by Bernardo Bertolucci’s classic “Last Tango in Paris.” As they dashed around – hopeful against all odds – Toback filmed the hilarious and revealing proceedings, from pitches to billionaires, studio moguls, producers and international sales financiers, to intimate encounters with major movie stars and iconic directors whose passion for movies proves it’s still possible to transcend the madness.
The cinematic romp SEDUCED AND ABANDONED captures the tug-of-war between the eternal dream of creating pure art and the bracing reality of modern movie commerce. James Toback’s celebration of movie-making debuts MONDAY, OCT. 28 (9:00-10:45 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.
HBO playdates: Oct. 28 (5:20 a.m.) and 31 (6:45 p.m.), and Nov. 3 (5:15 p.m.), 6 (3:30 p.m., 1:00 a.m.), 9 (12:45 p.m.) and 12 (9:45 a.m.)
HBO2 playdates: Oct. 30 (8:00 p.m.) and Nov. 18 (2:50 p.m.)
HBO Documentary Films presents a weekly series this fall, debuting provocative new specials every Monday through Dec. 9. Other October films include: “Mondays at Racine” (Oct. 14); “Redemption” (Oct. 14); “Open Heart” (Oct. 14); and “Life According to Sam” (Oct. 21).