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'Fading Gigolo' Release Date, Cast And Movie Review: Menage A Trios Film Stars Sofia Vergara, Sharon Stone, And John Turturro

First Posted: Apr 16, 2014 04:55 PM EDT
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Fading Gigolo is a movie written and directed by David Turturro, which is set for a limited release in the U.S. on April 18, 2014. It presents a powerful cast headed by Woody Allen (Murray), John Turturro (Fiovarante), Vanessa Paradis (Avigal), Sofia Vergara (Selima), Sharon Stone (Dr. Parker), Liev Schreiber (Dovi), Bob Balaban (Sol), David Margulies (Chief Rebbe), Aida Turturro (the driver's wife), Max Casella (guy at the counter), Aurélie Claudel (Tai Chi woman), Loan Chabanol (Loan), and Michael Badalucco (burly driver). Abraham Laboriel and Bill Maxwell composed the music for this film, which was produced by Bill Block and Paul Hanson.

Movie Review

Fading Glory tackles the topic of "ménage à trios" and presents quite a few relationships. Murray, an old bookseller, became a whoremonger to keep his bookstore alive. This idea came to mind when Dr. Parker, his dermatologist, told him that she and her friend Selima, wanted to have a "ménage à trios." Murray was able to convince his good friend Fioravante, a struggling flower shop owner, to become the professional gigolo. Agreeing to work as a gigolo allowed Fioravante to meet several attractive women. The movie revolved around this plot but turned out to be a dull and unimpressive visual presentation of "ménage à trios" on film.

Although Turturro showed his knowledge in handling the sensual scenes, he fell short of producing great shots, particularly in the scene where a guy on the street was disturbed by an insipid sexual encounter. The scene was cheap and it could have been presented in a more creative and imaginative manner.

The movie also used too much classical and jazz music, which makes it hard for audiences to understand the conversation. Fading Gigolo, like its characters and story, is a mixture of thoughts and music that uncovers a sense of harmony once in a while, and it is hard not to get involved in the middle of the movie and feel for the characters in the story.

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