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Tom [=DiCillo=]'s 1995 film, starring Creator/SteveBuscemi, Creator/CatherineKeener, Dermot Mulroney and Creator/PeterDinklage is a quintessential movie about movies. It tells the story of Nick, the director of a low-budget indie film, trying to keep everything together as his production is plagued with an insecure actress, a megalomaniac star, a pretentious, beret-wearing director of photography and lousy catering. Divided in three acts, each representing a different scene to shoot, this film is an essential for amateur filmmakers.

No relation to [[Blog/LivingInOblivion the blog]] where Chris Livingston plays a NonPlayerCharacter in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion''.
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!!Troping in Oblivion:
* AccidentalMisnaming: When they get introduced, Nicole mistakenly addresses Tito as [[Film/TheWizardOfOz Toto]].
* AllJustADream: The first two acts of the films are Nick's, then Nicole's dream. The third act is real, but the scene being filmed is a dream sequence.
* BaitAndSwitchComment: Nick during his [[IndulgentFantasySegue imagined]] award acceptance speech.
--> '''Nick''': "To all these people and many more, I would love to say thank you... but I can't, because what I really feel like saying is... go [[CurseCutShort fu...]]"
* BrickJoke: The first conversation of the film discusses the state of the milk opened almost a week ago. Thirty minutes later, Wolf is seen puking his guts out.
* CrashingDreams: The sound of Nick's alarm clock creeps into his dream and eventually makes it come to an end.
* CurseCutShort: Nick's BaitAndSwitchComment is cut short when he snaps out of his fantasy.
* DeadpanSnarker: Nicole.
-->'''Script Girl''': I wonder what his sign is. Do you know his sign, Nicole?
-->'''Nicole''': No, I don't know his sign. But I think his moon is in Uranus.
* EyepatchOfPower: Chad thinks wearing Wolf's eyepatch will make his character more of a badass. Nick, who doesn't like the eyepatch, dissuades Chad by telling him it looks gay.
* TheFoodPoisoningIncident: Guess why Wolf couldn't film the perfect take.
* GenreSavvy: Tito's rant about dwarfs in movie scenes.
* IndulgentFantasySegue: Towards the end, several characters have extended {{Fantasy Sequence}}s, all of which are revealing about their hopes:
** Nick dreams of [[WishFulfillment Chad presenting him an award for the movie]].
** Wanda dreams of Chad worshipping her.
-->'''Fantasy!Chad''': Oh Wanda. [[CharacterShilling I love your power]]. It's like an aphrodeezhak to me.
** Nicole dreams of applying for a job as a [[DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife waitress]].
** The Gaffer dreams of...[[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking eating a nice hamburger]].
* LetsJustBeFriends: Part of Wanda's breakup speech to Wolf.
* LittlePeopleAreSurreal: Tito gets particularly offended by this trope.
-->'''Tito''': Why does my character have to be a dwarf?
-->'''Nick''': He doesn't have to be.
-->'''Tito''': Then why is he? Is that the only way you can make this a dream, to put a dwarf in it?
-->'''Nick''': No, Tito, I...
-->'''Tito''': Have you ever had a dream with a dwarf in it? Do you know anyone who's had a dream with a dwarf in it? No! I don't even have dreams with dwarves in them. The only place I've seen dwarves in dreams is in stupid movies like this! "Oh make it weird, put a dwarf in it!". Everyone will go "Woah, this must be a fuckin' dream, there's a fuckin' dwarf in it!". Well I'm sick of it! You can take this dream sequence and stick it up your ass!
* LoveDodecahedron: Nick likes Nicole, who slept with Chad, who asked out Wanda, who's dating Wolf. This only applies in Nicole's dream, in which Nick confesses that he loves her. [[spoiler: After she's woken up and is in the real world, there's no evidence that Nick is in love with her; she just wishes that he did.]]
* MeaningfulName: Nick Reve. "Rêve" is French for "dream".
* ModestyBedsheet: Partially averted with Nicole: after making love to [[spoiler: Chad]] she's sitting on the bed with her back to the camera and the sheet round her waist. Then when he's gone, she flops onto her back without covering herself, because she's alone.
* NoBudget: Nick's film project is an in-universe example of a low-budget indie film.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Tom Di Cillo's first film ''Johnny Suede'' was a low-budget TroubledProduction starring a then-unknown Catherine Keener and then-rising-star BradPitt. This, his second film, is ''about'' a low-budget Troubled Production which stars an unknown actress (played by Catherine Keener) and a rising star called Chad Palomino.
* PlotParallel: In the second act, the dialogue between Chad and Nicole's characters mirror how Nick feels about Nicole [[spoiler: or rather how Nicole dreams Nick feels about her]].
* ThePrimaDonna: Chad Palomino.
* ShoutOut:
** The LittlePeopleAreSurreal sequence is obviously a nod to the works of Creator/DavidLynch, in particular ''Series/TwinPeaks''.
** [[Film/TheWizardOfOz Toto]].
* ShowWithinAShow: ''Living in Oblivion'' is the name of the film the characters are all making.
* ThisIsAWorkOfFiction: The statement after the end credits reads: "The characters and incidents portrayed and the names herein are sort of fictitious, and any similarity to the name, character or history of any person is sort of coincidental and unintentional."
* TroubledProduction: InUniverse example.
* UnrequitedLove: It's hinted that Nicole has this for Nick.
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