Loose Shoes

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A Closet Comedy in a Small Seaside Hotel
A very very nice woman, on vacation in a small hotel by a beach, meets a very very bad woman, who looks just like her—in fact they’re played by the same actress  (Antigone Kouloukakos, reel)—and is determined to seduce Ms Nice’s husband.
Ms Bad is a nightclub performer who impersonates Lucy, Marilyn, Liz, Marlene, Kim, Bette, Joan and Vivien—and captivates Mr Nice. (Anthony Burkreel)
She is also a dominatrix in the employ of an English aristocrat who enjoys being tortured by her. (Duncan Skinnerreel)
As the ladies step into each other’s shoes their men, and then they themselves, lose track of who they’re supposed to be.
Pretentious Pictures presents a summer comedy.
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CHOCOLATE AND CHAMPAGNE, a comedy in the spirit of Lubitsch

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A Beverly Hills woman wakes up middle-aged and finds her life with a younger man undignified.

The stage version was performed in New York at the Creative Place Theatre.  Think of...

...only this is her movie, and she gets the younger guy.

Diana, a woman of a certain age, deals with a birthday by throwing out her younger live-in Jim.

They're right for each other, and she regrets it immediately, but she can't take him back: her daughter Jackie, who idolizes and competes with her, tells her Jim has seduced her, and Diana believes it.

So she makes do with the respectable but empty new life she'd thought she needed—with older lawyer Griff.

Jim gives a driving lesson to frantic neurotic Betsy, who almost shoots them off a cliff.  He calms her down and she takes him home. But he can't forget Diana.

Proposed cast: Jessica Lange (Diana)
DIANA, the Hamlet at the heart of this comedy, is a clothes designer with a boutique on Rodeo Drive, a house in Beverly Hills, and a younger lover, Jim, her kept man for two years now. There’s nothing she can’t handle—except getting older.


Proposed cast: Matt Dillon (Jim)

JIM is happy with a champagne-and-sports-car life, but he’s also a talented script-writer who’s postponing seriousness into a future that never comes.  Together they’re fast company.  They must have been brilliant at her birthday party last night.

This morning, though, even while he’s making love to her, she’s spooked.  She tells him he has to go.  She wants something more presentable, more—respectable—before it’s too late.

Which shocks him.  He takes life as it comes, but this is a bit violent.


Proposed cast: Ellen Barkin (Betsy)
 
BETSY, the suicidal widow of a husband she drove to suicide, is too scattered to pass a driving test, takes a lesson with Jim, spins the car onto a Mulholland Drive cliff and is ready to gun it and take him with her.


Proposed cast: Ray Liotta (Griff)
 
Diana's lawyer GRIFF, more her age and on her success level, has been in love with her for years.  Now’s his chance.  When Jackie tells Diana the lie that Jim has seduced her Diana gives up on Jim and tries to make a go of it with Griff.


Proposed cast: Gal Gadot (Jackie)
 
JACKIE, Diana’s daughter, idolizes her and so misses no chance to pick at and defy her.  Inwardly shaky, she is outwardly impish and sexy.  She thinks she’s in love with Jim; in fact what she needs is a father.


Proposed cast: Alfie Allen (Dylan)
 
Betsy's son DYLAN—eccentric hair, psychotic eyes, twitches constantly and rhythmically as if keeping time to music he doesn’t much enjoy—is in the same class at UCLA with Jackie, over whom he moans uncontrollably.  He disgusts her.


Proposed cast: Maura Tierney (Maria)
 
MARIA, Diana's housekeeper, is the deadpan foil to Diana's Hamlet, secret ally to Jim, and the one person Diana doesn't dare defy.


Proposed cast: Lena Olin (Gwen)
GWEN is Diana's mischievous best friend and alter-ego.  She'll take Jim if Diana doesn't want him!  Just kidding.  In an attempt to bring them back together she throws a party and invites both of them, but it turns into a confrontation....


And the final character is Beverly Hills—
 
—the tone, the climate, the village size and ambiance that make it inevitable for these people to collide.

The stage version of Chocolate and Champagne was produced by Love Creek  at the Creative Place Theatre in New York.

Pretentious Pictures presents a comedy with a dark center.

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Wilbert Harrison, Kansas City

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uycqpeRhvHc

Loose Shoes

Reg’d © Library of Congress
A Closet Comedy in a Small Seaside Hotel
A very very nice woman, on vacation in a beach hotel, meets a very very bad woman, who looks just like her—in fact they’re played by the same actress—and is determined to seduce Ms Nice’s husband.
Ms Bad is a nightclub singer who impersonates Lucy, Marilyn, Liz, Marlene, Kim, Bette, Joan and Vivien—and captivates Mr Nice. (Gaetano Sciortinoreel)
She is also a dominatrix in the employ of an English aristocrat who enjoys being tortured by her. (Duncan Skinnerreel)
As the ladies step into each other’s shoes their men, and then they themselves, lose track of who they’re supposed to be.
Pretentious Pictures presents a summer comedy.
Reg’d © Library of Congress

Francois de La Rochefoucauld:

"All the passions make us commit faults; love makes us commit the most ridiculous ones."

Loose Shoes

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A Musical Comedy in a Seaside Hotel
A very very nice woman, on vacation in a small hotel by a beach, meets a very very bad woman, who looks just like her—in fact they’re played by the same actress—and is determined to seduce Ms Nice’s husband.
Ms Bad is a nightclub performer who impersonates Lucy, Marilyn, Liz, Marlene, Kim, Bette, Joan and Vivien—and captivates Mr Nice. (Anthony Burkreel)
She is also a dominatrix in the employ of an English aristocrat who enjoys being tortured by her. (Duncan Skinnerreel)
As the ladies step into each other’s shoes their men, and then they themselves, lose track of who they’re supposed to be.
Pretentious Pictures presents a summer comedy.
Reg’d © Library of Congress

Five movies

Pretentious Pictures Presents
A Slate of Five Feature-Length Movies
To Be Cross-Collateralized
With a Total Budget of Two million Dollars
Project status:               In financing
Genres:                         Romantic Comedy / Black Comedy / Romantic Thriller
Running time:                100 minutes each
Start date:                     Summer 2017
Format:                         HD
Location:                      Greece; potentially international
Language:                     English
Co-production:             Canada + partners
Producer:                      Pretentious Pictures
Exec. Producers:           Claudio Castravelli www.tinyurl.com/zpk8wd9
                                    Marc Jacobson www.marcjacobson.com/                      
Budget:                         $2,000,000
Finance plan:                25%-35% with tax credits, depending on jurisdiction
30% gap financing
Writer/director:             Robert MacLean www.tinyurl.com/9xfmbxw       
Production manager:     George Kalomenopoulos www.2kfilms.com
Sales company:            SolidMovies (Pas de deux) https://cinando.com/en/Company/solidmovies_38839/Detail
Markets:                       1) The Woody Allen demographic—older, educated, intellectual.
2) Women, especially feminists.
3) Gay and Lesbian.
4) Arthouse: Welcome to New York, Nymphomaniac, Dogville.
5) Kinky: Fifty Shades of Grey.

Five films
“The modern Don Juan is a woman in disguise—both a womanizer and a manizer—and on trial for her life.”
Starring Amanda Plummer—Stealing a scene from Robin Williams, First date, Every motherfucking last one of you.

A romantic thriller and a black comedy about a mother's sin, a boy with a fatal kiss, and the women who need it.
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A very nice woman, on vacation at a beach hotel, meets a very bad woman, a singer who looks just like her—in fact they’re played by the same actress—and is determined to seduce Ms. Nice’s husband. In her nightclub act the singer impersonates Lucy, Marilyn, Liz, Marlene, Kim, Bette, Joan and Vivien.
A lesbian pickpocket falls in love with a pianist who leads her on a chase through Athens, with the police right behind them.
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A comic and romantic thriller after Buñuel, on an island where a beautiful tourist is held prisoner by a sadistic ogre.
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Director’s statement
These are low-budget movies that will take us to the festivals and, for their lives, and may they be long, give us a return on our investment of cash, work, and time.

My aim as a director? Laughter, a few moments of charm, and some money, especially for my investors, so I can keep making movies.

Our cinematographer, Dimitris Koukas, shoots commercials, works for a sports network, and is the director of photography on Bunny Poo Salad.
We’ll use a Canon 5D and shoot at fifty frames per second to avoid flicker when we pan. (Our outdoor scenes are action and panning.) For the exteriors, and especially on the archaeological sites, we'll use the tiny GoPro Hero 4 Session, a camera as small as the light on a miner’s helmet; and drones. Dimi uses them in TV to cover football (i.e. soccer) games, and they give wonderful production values.
Actors
Amanda Plummer          Stealing a scene from Robin Williams,

Princess Theodora of Greece and Denmark
                                    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3576837/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1

Duncan Skinner
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The superbly funny Duncan Skinner stars in his own web series.

Tom Malloy      
                                    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0540176/?ref_=nv_sr_1

MariaCristina Heller      
Kassandra Voyagis      
Kassandra comes from an acting family, has done films and TV in the US, Italy and Greece, and co-starred with Timothy Dalton in the mini-series Cleopatra.

Katarina Morhacova     


Despina Mirou              
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Despina has a broad experience both in Greece and the US and studied acting with Al Pacino, who chose her among the three of his students most likely to become stars.

Antigone Kouloukakos  
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Antigone does TV work in Rome and Athens and is currently starring in Garcia Lorca's play La Casa de Bernarda Alba.
Joe Hitchen, aka Joe E. Legend

Fiona Georgiadi
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                                    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFQ-F85pDaw&t=1s
                                    Fiona studied in New York at the Actors Studio; works in Greek TV.

Skyrah Palli                  
                                    https://vimeo.com/66338372

Laura Mamakos           

Jane Badler     
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Albert de Jongh

More actors we work with can be seen at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bqIIPDjMNjc.

Comments
Distributor Kees Kasander, who produces Peter Greenaway's films, and worked with Amanda in 8 ½ Women:
Dear Bob,
Just to let you know that I really like Amanda and that she will be great as Don Juan in your film.
Please let me see the film when you finished the rough cut.
Best wishes and good luck with your film.
Kees Kasander
Cinatura UK Ltd.

Alexander Spentzos of Spentzos Film distribution, http://www.spentzosfilm.gr/:
Dear Bob,
Thanks for showing me “The Trial of Don Juan”. This is not an ordinary script. I see a fast, funny, subtle but minimal movie coming out of this. And it’s on a timely subject.
There are a lot of films out there, I know, but most of them are real dumb. They keep the kids who review festival submissions in a constant state of pain.
But this is literate and sexy, and I see five ready markets:
1) The Woody Allen demographic—older, educated, intellectual.
2) Women, including as a sub-group, Feminists;
3) Gay and Lesbian;
4) Kinky—the Fifty Shades of Grey audience;
5) Art-house—the Welcome to New York, Nymphomaniac, Dogville audience.
I’m saying this because we at Spentzos Film want first look at the first cut. Please let us know how this is going.
Yours sincerely,
Alexander Spentzos
A note for co-producers

We need two million dollars to make these films, whether in equity; or through a co-production (and the addition of cast and/or cinematographer from the co-producer's country); through extra stars; through pre-sales (for example from VoD or other pay-TV platforms); or from territories like specific countries where the films can easily be sold—the UK, Ireland, etc. We're flexible.