Thursday, May 29, 2014

Fading Gigolo: Monday, May 26 2014

Directed, written by, and starred in, by John Turturro, Fading Gigolo is a surprising film. It could have been vulgar and offensive, given its subject matter, but it wasn't. Rosemary found it "cute", and Maureen enjoyed it, as did I.

When we discussed it afterwards, over coffee, we were all agreed that there was much more to it than first meets the eye. Murray, who was really Fioravante's pimp, has fallen into the role simply by circumstances, and has seen it as a source of much-needed money for himself and Fioravante. He also saw it as serving a need in the lonely women who paid money for the services of Fioravante. There was nothing titillating about the film. In fact it was strangely moving. Fioravante is an older man, the fading gigolo, totally sympathetic towards the women he was meeting. He is totally sensitive to their needs: especially their emotional needs. This is always attractive to women. Fading Fioravante may be, but he is just what the women need.

Woody Allen, as Murray, is amazing in his part. He is so real. Rosemary, who has never liked him, said she really liked him as Murray. John Turturro as Fioravante is perfect: understated, but so emotionally mature and kind. They are both such likeable, real people.

Sharon Stone, Sofia Vergara, and Vanessa Paradis, played their emotionally needy characters well. I could understand and feel for them. They, too, were real people. Liev Schreiber as Dovi, was also a well-developed character.

This was the appeal of the film; the people were believable. The story wasn't too far-fetched, and it was interesting to look into the world of Jewish New York City. An enjoyable and entertaining film!

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