Mistress

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Released 1992

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Director:
Barry Primus
Released:
1992
Rating:
R
Mistress is a 1992 behind-the-scenes Hollywood comedy about the perils of moviemaking. Marvin Landisman (Robert Wuhl) has all the ingredients for a perfect film -- a serious script, a clear vision and idealistic belief in art. He has everything but the money. He turns to Jack Roth (Martin Landau), the prototypical slick producer, glibly full of promises and connections. Roth does indeed introduce Marvin to a series of wealthy backers: George Lieberhof (Eli Wallach), Carmine Rasso (Danny Aiello) and Evan M. Wright (Robert De Niro). Of course, there's a catch. Each investor will back the movie only if his mistress can be the star. As Marvin changes his script to meet their demands and the so-called talents of the women, his vision and sense of integrity slowly but surely devolve into desperate pandering. Writer and director Barry Primus takes a scathing and hilarious look at the upside-down world of the entertainment capital in this satisfying satire of creative life.
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