HBO Films and James Tobank documentary ‘SEDUCED AND ABANDONED’, is about Tobank’s (with Alec Baldwin) search for a investor for a fake film at the Cannes Film Festival 2012, to show how hard it is to find film financing. Throughout this picture, interviews are conducted to actors such as Jessica Chastain, Diane Kruger, James Caan and Ryan Gosling, directors such as Martin Scorsese, Roman Polanski and Francis Ford Coppola and producers such as Universal Pictures CEO Ron Meyer , Avi Lerner and writer Diablo Cody.
The thing is with this documentary it is an informative look into the film making process regarding raising money. There is some interesting comments in there about a bad film making money over a good film which doesn’t is better for business and the idea that people don’t just go see a film just because of Johnny Depp. But other than little quotes like this (which is commonly known anyway) it doesn’t really give you a sense of getting under anything at all. There is a interesting interview with a budget forecaster who just arranged a budget mark up for this year’s ‘2 Guns’, but most of the time its more about directors and actors just giving Tobank and (admittedly very charismatic) ‘’TV Actor’’* Alec Baldwin about how they got into Hollywood, and the impact on Cannes. Now this is fine and there is some funny stories to be told but it detracts from the issues at hand. One of the omission’s is the fact that there isn’t really anything discussed about the negativity of Cannes nor really the big money culture it gets during that time, and how films which would be financed in the 1970’s there wouldn’t be now. Its briefly mensioned but I think the point is the most interesting here.
The biggest flaw though is its plays to audience who knows about basic knowledge on the subject, but unfortunately doesn’t tell you anything new at all. By all means it’s not a bad documentary, but you think at the end what have we got from this. It might be on a different side of film making, but ‘Side By Side’ is the far more interesting about film – documentary.
*Watch the film to understand the quote.