Smoke

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Released 1995

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Director:
Wayne Wang
Released:
1995
Rating:
R
Smoke is a drama based on the short stories of Paul Auster. The movie was released on 1995, directed by Wayne Wang, and features a group of vignettes surrounding the owner of a Brooklyn cigar store. The store owner Augustus "Auggie" Wren (Harvey Keitel) keeps a photo album. He takes the same shot every day of the corner outside his store. Auggie shares his photo album with his friend Paul Benjamin (William Hurt). Paul is an author who hasn't published a novel since his wife was murdered. Paul thinks the photos are all the same, of people in the neighborhood. Then he sees his wife in one of the photos and breaks down. Each vignette tells of life and loss, feelings shared and feelings held back, and the importance of chance happenings in life. The star studded cast play characters who are genuine, tragic, humorous, simple and complex. The fully developed characters make this movie a standout.

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