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

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Loose Shoes

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A Comedy in a Seaside Hotel
A nice woman on vacation in a beach hotel meets a 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. (Proposed cast: Ana Alexander, reel)
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.

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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.
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T. S. Eliot:

Gusto is no equivalent for taste; it depends too much upon the appetite and the digestion of the feeder.

Pretentious Pictures Presents:

The trial of don Juan
A comedy of passions
The modern Don Juan is a woman in disguise—both a womanizer and a manizer, and active in both fields.
Famous, indeed legendary, she wears high boots, a flowing white shirt and a stylish little mustache, as if she’d just stepped out of the 17th century—everything but the sword.
She climbs balconies, changes lovers as fast as if she were dancing, and displays her sharp and wounding wit—in a way she does carry a sword— whenever it can win her a conquest.
Trouble is, she likes to gamble, and isn’t nearly as lucky at cards as she is at love. She loses fortunes, and is obliged to marry—in her role as a man.
But her wives—look, it’s not her fault!—die. And those who had stood to inherit believe she murdered them.
She’s been indicted, she’s a fugitive from justice, and now she’s making a video about what really happened—her testimony to the judge whom she dare not face in person.
Her adventures take her from Seville to Switzerland to Turkey to a Greek island to Rio de Janeiro
—a Don Juan out of Molière, Byron and Mozart, always in command, always victorious—well, at least until she meets Celeste—
—and encounters in her an aristocracy of feeling that compels in Don Juan the love she usually commands from others.
And Celeste loves her—as a man. What happens when she takes off the mustache?
Leporello, Don Juan's servant and foil, misses no chance to contradict or belittle "him," though they have an affectionate bond. "She won't look that good in the daylight, sir." "Who wants to see her in the daylight?"
Rich widow Pucci Winkleman and the Don fall in love and marry. When she finds out he's a woman she conspires with him to keep it a secret—
—even from her sister-in-law Philistia. And when Pucci accidentally falls from a high place, and Philistia doesn't inherit, she begins an obsessive quest for revenge.
Livingston Bartlet rescues the Don from a gambling fiasco, and the Don rescues her from a husband she can't bear.
When she is hit by a train, he joins Philistia in her campaign to prevent Don Juan from enjoying their money. While gambling with it—
—the Don is drugged and kidnapped by an Emirate sultan, and taken to a house on the Turkish coast
—where she is caught in the bath with the Sultan's seventh wife.
Don Juan escapes, abandons herself to the sea, and swims from wherever she is (she doesn’t know it’s Turkey) to a nearby island—
—where she emerges nude before the unbearably proper Roger Humphrey, who falls in love.
Relieved by Don Juan's facility with disguise, he takes "her" home, where his wife Thomasina falls in love with "him."
Don Juan is on the point of escaping this tense situation when in walks Celeste, whom he had loved at first sight in Seville years earlier—
—and has never stopped dreaming about, chasing her up eternal staircases, through labyrinths of pillars, in the sea.
With Celeste is her domineering husband, Bloke Bletherington, a dangerous man, and a jealous one—a Blackwater type with worldwide connections.
But now that Celeste is here, Don Juan is helpless to leave. They are in love, and Bloke sees it.
When Don Juan reveals herself to Bloke as a woman, he takes “her” to Rio—and drowns. By accident! Really, that’s how it happened!
And how did the bitchy sister-in-law die? Well, Don Juan did try a little voodoo while she was there—but she’s not on trial for that!
Tell it to the judge. And Don Juan is on the run.

Pretentious pictures presents
The trial of don Juan
A comedy of passions