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Puccini For Beginners

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Allegra loves her girlfriend samantha but cant commit. When samantha leaves her, allegra rebounds with handsome professor phillip as well as with the beautiful recently single grace. Allegra juggles secret relationships with both, never suspecting that phillip and grace have a connection of their own.


Studio Strand Releasing
SKU 204585149
UPC 712267270125
UPC 14 00712267270125
Format DVD
Release Date 7/3/2007
Rating NR
Name Reaser,Elizabeth
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Cast & Crew
Aleta Shaffer - Production Designer
Elizabeth Reaser - Actor
Gretchen Mol - Actor
Jake Abraham - Producer
John Sloss - Executive Producer
Julianne Nicholson - Actor
Justin Kirk - Actor
Maria Maggenti - Director
Maria Maggenti - Writer
Mauricio Rubinstein - Cinematographer
Susan Graef - Editor
Terry Dame - Original Music By
Nominee (2006) Sundance Film Festival, Maria Maggenti, Grand Jury Prize - Dramatic
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Review Puccini for Beginners has a lot less to do with opera than it has to do with a sit-com view of life in the Big City. Not that the approach is inherently bad, and director Maria Maggenti has fashioned a reasonably entertaining movie that borrows heavily from Woody Allen, Sex in the City, and Seinfeld...Puccini for Beginners strives to be a screwball comedy and there are times when it succeeds (as during a cell phone conversation outside a restaurant). More often, however, the humor is subtle, avoiding the kinds of slapstick that turn characters into caricatures. Maggenti's screenplay may be highly dependent upon coincidence and contrivance, but the men and women populating it make it easier to accept. As for Puccini, he gets little more than a cameo. His music forms the skeleton of the score and Allegra is a big fan, but the film doesn't demand or impart any knowledge about opera. As sit-coms go, this one is smarter and brighter than standard TV fare, which may account in part for its appeal.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 7
DVD, Widescreen
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Actor Reaser,Elizabeth
Label Strand Releasing
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Elle Magazine Romantic...funny!
The New York Times A screwball comedy of sexual confusion!

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