Man From Elysian Fields (2002)
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Pleasure is his business...Call him old-fashioned.
|A los angeles novelist, whose latest novel wasn't published, finds the difficulties of paying the bills to support his wife and son compel him to join an elite male escort service called elysian fields (run by jagger). He soon begins an affair with the beautiful wife of one of the world's most successful writers|
"A Seductive Morality Tale. Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Garcia, Coburn and particularly Jagger surprise throughout. Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
Editor's NoteIn this sophisticated saga, Andy Garcia (who also produced) plays a struggling author who reluctantly (at first) takes a job as a high-priced male escort to support his family. Rock icon Mick Jagger is Luther, his suave, enigmatic employer, and ex-E.R. star Julianna Margulies plays the wife kept waiting at home. It's a classic morality play given a modern twist as Byron (Garcia) winds up hired by the beautiful young wife (Olivia Williams) of famous, terminally old writer Tobias Alcott (James Coburn). Mr. Alcott is okay with the arrangement and even takes a shine to his wife's new "friend." Soon Byron is a near-permanent resident at their decaying mansion, helping Tobias finish his final novel in addition to bedding his wife. But if he thinks his ship has come in, Byron has some lessons to learn about a gigolo's place in the world. Lush cinematography and profound, witty dialogue are key here, with director Hickenlooper making good use of color and composition to enhance the story. Performances are all fine, but the show is stolen by Jagger and Coburn. One campily posh, the other vibrantly crusty, the film lights up with old-school majesty whenever either is onscreen.
Cast & Crew
|Michael Des Barres|
|Kramer Morgenthau - Cinematographer|
|George Hickenlooper - Director|
|Michael Brown - Editor|
|Andrew Pfeffer - Producer|
|David Kronemeyer - Producer|
|Donald Zuckerman - Producer|
|Andy Garcia - Producer|
|Franckie Diago - Production Designer|
|Phillip Jayson Lasker - Writer|