If you love the Coen brothers’ movies, John Turturro probably has something to do with it. Whether it’s tetchy Barton Fink, the un-dudely Jesus Quintana in The Big Lebowski, or hapless Pete in O’ Brother, Where Art Thou?, this brilliant character actor always puts in enchanting performances in front of the camera, but what about as a director?
His third film in the driving seat, Romance & Cigarettes is a light-hearted, irreverent take on the musical comedy. With a gobsmackingly impressive cast including Gandolfini, Sarandon, Buscemi and a devilishly out of character Kate Winslet, it’s a great shame that this enjoyable little ditty has gone by virtually unnoticed.
Here’s an audio review with musical enthusiast Louise Kjeldsen. Listen in and pick this film up!