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You are in: Home > 2017. 65th Edition  > Festival Diary > A PERSONAL HOMAGE TO BAD FILMMAKING
A PERSONAL HOMAGE TO BAD FILMMAKING
Friday, September 29th, 2017

The Disaster Artist is the true story of the making of Tommy Wiseau’s The Room, often described as the “Citizen Kane of bad movies.” It’s a film full of unintentionally hilarious moments, meandering plots and terrible acting that was released in just one cinema in L.A.  with a two week extension paid for by Wiseau himself to ensure that it qualified to be considered for the Oscars, but it later became a cult classic. Accompanied by his brother, and co-star, Dave, James Franco answered questions yesterday at a press conference after the  screening of his film in the Official Section. He said he wasn’t sure that The Room could be described as a failure as the fact that it had been screening to sold-out audiences for more than a decade meant you could say it was a success. According to Franco it was “a crazy Hollywood story that anyone who has had a dream can relate to.” Franco also stressed how difficult it was to imitate a bad film and described how his crew had gone to great lengths to meticulously recreate the awfulness of The Room. In any case he had tried not to parody the  makers of the film but to understand them as artists. “Underneath they’re just like us.”


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