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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, [[ArtsyBeret beret-wearing]] director of photography, and lousy catering. Divided in three acts, each representing a different scene to shoot, this film is essential for amateur filmmakers.

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Tom [=DiCillo=]'s 1995 film, starring Creator/SteveBuscemi, Creator/CatherineKeener, Dermot Mulroney Creator/DermotMulroney 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, [[ArtsyBeret beret-wearing]] director of photography, and lousy catering. Divided in three acts, each representing a different scene to shoot, this film is essential for amateur filmmakers.


* AnxietyDreams: Twice. In the second sequence, the driver tells Nick that his dream was this. In the third act Nick tells Nicole that her dream sequence is an anxiety dream the night before her wedding.

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* AnxietyDreams: Twice. In the second sequence, the driver tells Nick that his dream was this. In the third act act, Nick tells Nicole that her dream sequence is an anxiety dream the night before her wedding.


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* CatharticScream: Nick lets one out at during his CreatorBreakdown at the end of the first segment.


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, [[ArtsyBeret 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.

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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, [[ArtsyBeret 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.



* AbusiveParents: In the first segment, Nicole's character Ellen had an abusive father while her mother looked the other way.



* AccidentalPublicConfession: Type 3. Via a room microphone Nicole overhears Chad bragging about bedding her.

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* AccidentalPublicConfession: Type 3. Via a room microphone microphone, Nicole overhears Chad bragging about bedding her.



* ArtsyBeret: The artsy director of photography wears a beret. And as if wasn't pretentious enough, he adds an EyepatchOfPower later on.
* AnxietyDreams: Twice. In the second sequence the driver tells Nick that his dream was this. In the third act Nick tells Nicole that her dream sequence is an anxiety dream the night before her wedding.

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* AngerMontage: Nick's freak-out towards the end of the first segment.
* ArtsyBeret: The artsy director of photography Wolf wears a beret. And as if wasn't pretentious enough, he adds an EyepatchOfPower later on.
on. During his AngerMontage, Nick calls Wolf out for his choice of fashion.
-->'''Nick''': You fuckin' pretentious, beret-wearin' motherfucker!
* AnxietyDreams: Twice. In the second sequence sequence, the driver tells Nick that his dream was this. In the third act Nick tells Nicole that her dream sequence is an anxiety dream the night before her wedding.



* ClusterFBomb: [[RantInducingSlight When a watch starts beeping]] and Nick can't find it, he goes completely ballistic on the cast and crew before screaming his head off in frustration. [[EnforcedMethodActing Their look of shock is genuine]] because Buscemi ad libbed the entire rant.

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* ClusterFBomb: [[RantInducingSlight When a watch starts beeping]] and Nick can't find it, he goes completely ballistic on the cast and crew before screaming his head off in frustration. [[EnforcedMethodActing Their look of shock is genuine]] because Buscemi ad libbed ad-libbed the entire rant.



* CryIntoChest: Nicole cries into her "mother's" chest in the first segment, after their heartwarming reconciliation during the run through.



* DoorClosesEnding: The movie starts with a door opening [[BookEnds and concludes]] with a door closing.
* DumbassHasAPoint: Maurice suggest for the oil and the gas to go in the same inlet of the smoke machine. It works out at first but then the machine explodes which raises the question if this was really a smart idea after all.

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* DoorClosesEnding: The movie Each of the three segments starts with a door opening [[BookEnds and concludes]] with a door closing.
* DumbassHasAPoint: Maurice suggest suggests for the oil and the gas to go in the same inlet of the smoke machine. It works out at first but then the machine explodes which raises the question if this was really a smart idea after all.



* HellIsThatNoise: The unnerving ring tone of Nick's alarm clock towards the end of first dream.

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* HellIsThatNoise: The unnerving ring tone of Nick's alarm clock towards the end of the first dream.



* ItsBeenDone: When Nick wants the "Ellen talks to Mom" scene be shot as TheOner, Wolf replies sarcastically that it's been done.



-->'''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.]]

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-->'''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 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 to 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.]]



* MethodActing: In-universe. In the first sequence, Nicole mentions that the reconciliation scene hit close to home. And sure enough her acting becomes stellar when she has a FlashbackCut to a moment of her and her dying mother in hospital.
* 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.

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* MethodActing: In-universe. In the first sequence, Nicole mentions that the reconciliation scene hit close to home. And sure enough enough, her acting becomes stellar when she has a FlashbackCut to a moment of her and her dying mother in hospital.
* MirrorMonologue: Nick practices asking Nicole out in front of a mirror.
* 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 around her waist. Then when he's gone, she flops onto her back without covering herself, because she's alone.



* OminousFog: Nick wants it for his dream sequence but the smoke machines gives troubles. At the end they shoot it without the fog.

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* OminousFog: Nick wants it for his dream sequence but the smoke machines gives troubles. At the end end, they shoot it without the fog.



* PowerFantasy: Wolf is imagining Wanda [[TheGrovel pleading to stay with him]].

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* PowerFantasy: Wolf is imagining Wanda [[TheGrovel pleading to stay with him]].him]] while he himself is shown from a HitlerCam angle.



* SpitTake: Wanda spits her coffee when Nicole pulls her UranusIsShowing joke on the script supervisor.
* StayInTheKitchen: Discussed. When Nick tells his mother to not move from her chair, she replies that he sounds just like her father.



* TroubledProduction: InUniverse example.

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* TroubledProduction: InUniverse example.example including HostilityOnTheSet and RomanceOnTheSet.


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.

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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 [[ArtsyBeret beret-wearing]] director of photography photography, and lousy catering. Divided in three acts, each representing a different scene to shoot, this film is an essential for amateur filmmakers.


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* ArtsyBeret: The artsy director of photography wears a beret. And as if wasn't pretentious enough, he adds an EyepatchOfPower later on.


* HitlerCam: Chad in his PowerFantasy towards the end.

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* HitlerCam: Chad Wolf in his PowerFantasy towards the end.



* PowerFantasy: Chad is imagining Nicole [[TheGrovel pleading to stay with him]].

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* PowerFantasy: Chad Wolf is imagining Nicole Wanda [[TheGrovel pleading to stay with him]].


* ContrivedClumsiness: The boom mic getting into the frame twice in the first dream sequence is pretty amateurish even for the standards of this NoBudget production. But then again, it's a dream and weird things happen in dreams.

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* HellIsThatNoise: The unnerving ring tone of Nick's alarm clock towards the end of first dream.

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* OminousFog: Nick wants it for his dream sequence but the smoke machines gives troubles. At the end they shoot it without the fog.


* GenreSavvy: Tito's rant about dwarfs in movie scenes.


-->'''Nicole''': No, I don't know his sign. But I think his moon is in Uranus.

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-->'''Nicole''': No, I don't know his sign. But I think [[UranusIsShowing his moon is in Uranus.Uranus]].



* FilmWithinAFilm: ''Living in Oblivion'' is the name of the film the characters are all making.



** Nicole dreams of applying for a job as a [[DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife waitress]].

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** Nicole dreams of applying for a [[WaitingForABreak job as a [[DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife waitress]].



* ShowWithinAShow: ''Living in Oblivion'' is the name of the film the characters are all making.

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* AccidentalPublicConfession: Type 3. Via a room microphone Nicole overhears Chad bragging about bedding her.


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* AnxietyDreams: Twice. In the second sequence the driver tells Nick that his dream was this. In the third act Nick tells Nicole that her dream sequence is an anxiety dream the night before her wedding.


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* ContrivedClumsiness: The boom mic getting into the frame twice in the first dream sequence is pretty amateurish even for the standards of this NoBudget production. But then again, it's a dream and weird things happen in dreams.


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* DeliberatelyMonochrome: The behind-the-camera scenes of the first sequence are shown in black and white.
* DoorClosesEnding: The movie starts with a door opening [[BookEnds and concludes]] with a door closing.
* DumbassHasAPoint: Maurice suggest for the oil and the gas to go in the same inlet of the smoke machine. It works out at first but then the machine explodes which raises the question if this was really a smart idea after all.


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* GermanExpressionism: The stage setting of the third scene is reminiscent of this.


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* {{Hypocrite}}: Chad tells Nicole that he is a gentleman and won't brag about the one-night-stand. Later he does exactly that to Nick.


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* MethodActing: In-universe. In the first sequence, Nicole mentions that the reconciliation scene hit close to home. And sure enough her acting becomes stellar when she has a FlashbackCut to a moment of her and her dying mother in hospital.


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* PottyEmergency: Maurice bumps into Tito in the bathroom because he cannot hold it.


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* StuntCasting: In-universe example. When they have their fallout, Nick mentions to Chad that he only hired him for his name.


* ClusterFBomb: [[RantInducingSlight When a watch starts beeping]] and Nick can't find it, he goes completely ballistic on the cast and crew before screaming his head off in frustration. Their look of shock is genuine because Buscemi ad libbed the entire rant.

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* ClusterFBomb: [[RantInducingSlight When a watch starts beeping]] and Nick can't find it, he goes completely ballistic on the cast and crew before screaming his head off in frustration. [[EnforcedMethodActing Their look of shock is genuine genuine]] because Buscemi ad libbed the entire rant.

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* HitlerCam: Chad in his PowerFantasy towards the end.


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* PowerFantasy: Chad is imagining Nicole [[TheGrovel pleading to stay with him]].

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