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Set in TheGreatDepression, the film tells the story of jazz guitarist Emmet Ray (AcademyAward nominated Creator/SeanPenn) who regards himself as the second greatest guitarist in the world (after jazz icon Music/DjangoReinhardt). Though a talented musician, Ray's personal life is a shambles: He is a spender and a womanizer who believes that falling in love will ruin his musical career. Due to his heavy drinking, he's often late or even absent for performances with his quintet. He meets a shy mute woman, Hattie (AcademyAward nominated Creator/SamanthaMorton) and, after overcoming some initial frustration due to the difficulties of communication, they form an affectionate and close relationship, but Ray's whims make the bliss short-lived. The film also stars Creator/UmaThurman as Blanche, a socialite.

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Set in TheGreatDepression, the film tells the story of jazz guitarist Emmet Ray (AcademyAward (UsefulNotes/AcademyAward nominated Creator/SeanPenn) who regards himself as the second greatest guitarist in the world (after jazz icon Music/DjangoReinhardt). Though a talented musician, Ray's personal life is a shambles: He is a spender and a womanizer who believes that falling in love will ruin his musical career. Due to his heavy drinking, he's often late or even absent for performances with his quintet. He meets a shy mute woman, Hattie (AcademyAward (UsefulNotes/AcademyAward nominated Creator/SamanthaMorton) and, after overcoming some initial frustration due to the difficulties of communication, they form an affectionate and close relationship, but Ray's whims make the bliss short-lived. The film also stars Creator/UmaThurman as Blanche, a socialite.


Set in TheGreatDepression, the film tells the story of jazz guitarist Emmet Ray (Creator/SeanPenn) who regards himself as the second greatest guitarist in the world (after jazz icon Music/DjangoReinhardt). Though a talented musician, Ray's personal life is a shambles: He is a spender and a womanizer who believes that falling in love will ruin his musical career. Due to his heavy drinking, he's often late or even absent for performances with his quintet. He meets a shy mute woman, Hattie (Creator/SamanthaMorton) and, after overcoming some initial frustration due to the difficulties of communication, they form an affectionate and close relationship, but Ray's whims make the bliss short-lived. The film also stars Creator/UmaThurman as Blanche, a socialite.

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Set in TheGreatDepression, the film tells the story of jazz guitarist Emmet Ray (Creator/SeanPenn) (AcademyAward nominated Creator/SeanPenn) who regards himself as the second greatest guitarist in the world (after jazz icon Music/DjangoReinhardt). Though a talented musician, Ray's personal life is a shambles: He is a spender and a womanizer who believes that falling in love will ruin his musical career. Due to his heavy drinking, he's often late or even absent for performances with his quintet. He meets a shy mute woman, Hattie (Creator/SamanthaMorton) (AcademyAward nominated Creator/SamanthaMorton) and, after overcoming some initial frustration due to the difficulties of communication, they form an affectionate and close relationship, but Ray's whims make the bliss short-lived. The film also stars Creator/UmaThurman as Blanche, a socialite.

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* RashomonStyle: Because so much of Emmet Ray's life is shrouded in legend, we see and hear many different versions of various events in his life.

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* TooQualifiedToApply: Emmet enters a small-town talent contest while driving cross country. He effortlessly wins, being lauded as the second best guitarist after Django Reinhardt, and is run out of town when his identity is revealed.


Set in TheGreatDepression, the film tells the story of jazz guitarist Emmet Ray (Creator/SeanPenn) who regards himself as the second greatest guitarist in the world (after jazz icon Music/DjangoReinhardt). Though a talented musician, Ray's personal life is a shambles: He is a spender and a womanizer who believes that falling in love will ruin his musical career. Due to his heavy drinking, he's often late or even absent for performances with his quintet. He meets a shy mute woman, Hattie (Samantha Morton) and, after overcoming some initial frustration due to the difficulties of communication, they form an affectionate and close relationship, but Ray's whims make the bliss short-lived. The film also stars Creator/UmaThurman as Blanche, a socialite.

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Set in TheGreatDepression, the film tells the story of jazz guitarist Emmet Ray (Creator/SeanPenn) who regards himself as the second greatest guitarist in the world (after jazz icon Music/DjangoReinhardt). Though a talented musician, Ray's personal life is a shambles: He is a spender and a womanizer who believes that falling in love will ruin his musical career. Due to his heavy drinking, he's often late or even absent for performances with his quintet. He meets a shy mute woman, Hattie (Samantha Morton) (Creator/SamanthaMorton) and, after overcoming some initial frustration due to the difficulties of communication, they form an affectionate and close relationship, but Ray's whims make the bliss short-lived. The film also stars Creator/UmaThurman as Blanche, a socialite.


* YourCheatingHeart: [[spoiler: On a whim, Ray leaves Hattie for Blanche. Blanche eventually cheats on Ray himself with mobster Al Torrio.]]

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* YourCheatingHeart: [[spoiler: On a whim, Ray leaves Hattie for Blanche. Blanche eventually cheats on Ray himself with mobster Al Torrio.]]


* RailEnthusiast: Emmet Ray has train-spotting as one of his alienating personality quirks.

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* RailEnthusiast: Emmet Ray has train-spotting trainspotting as one of his alienating personality quirks.



* YourCheatingHeart: [[spoiler: On a whim, Ray leaves Hattie for Blanche. Blanche eventually cheats Ray himself with mobster Al Torrio.]]

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* YourCheatingHeart: [[spoiler: On a whim, Ray leaves Hattie for Blanche. Blanche eventually cheats on Ray himself with mobster Al Torrio.]]


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* RailEnthusiast: Emmet Ray has train-spotting as one of his alienating personality quirks.

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''Sweet and Lowdown'' is a 1999 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Creator/WoodyAllen.

Set in TheGreatDepression, the film tells the story of jazz guitarist Emmet Ray (Creator/SeanPenn) who regards himself as the second greatest guitarist in the world (after jazz icon Music/DjangoReinhardt). Though a talented musician, Ray's personal life is a shambles: He is a spender and a womanizer who believes that falling in love will ruin his musical career. Due to his heavy drinking, he's often late or even absent for performances with his quintet. He meets a shy mute woman, Hattie (Samantha Morton) and, after overcoming some initial frustration due to the difficulties of communication, they form an affectionate and close relationship, but Ray's whims make the bliss short-lived. The film also stars Creator/UmaThurman as Blanche, a socialite.

Like one of Allen's previous works, ''Film/{{Zelig}}'', ''Sweet and Lowdown'' is occasionally interrupted by interviews with critics and biographers like Allen, Nat Hentoff, and Douglas [=McGrath=], who comment on the film's plot as if the characters were real-life people.
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* AlwaysSecondBest: Emmet Ray is regarded as the second greatest jazz guitarist in the world (after Music/DjangoReinhardt). Ray actually agrees with that, as Reinhardt is his idol.
* AsHimself: Famous personalities comment on Emmet Ray as if he was a real-life person, such as Allen, Nat Hentoff, Douglas [=McGrath=], and so on.
* CuteMute: Hattie is mute and somewhat passive, seemingly happy to be led around by the more dominant and talkative Emmet Ray. When she does try to communicate a specific thought, it's often only Emmet who gets to understand it fully.
* KavorkaMan: Emmet Ray is a spender, ill-tempered, heavy-drinking, slightly haggard-looking man who is somehow also a womanizer who manages to get with CuteMute Hattie and a socialite played by Uma Thurman.
* LiteraryAgentHypothesis: The plot is presented as if it were real events, and Allen is simply just one of the experts on the work of Emmet Ray.
* {{Mockumentary}}: The film is occasionally interrupted by documentary-like interviews with supposed critics and biographers of Emmet Ray, that present the fictional events of the film as if they actually happened in real life.
* StickyFingers: Emmet Ray appears to be an easily diagnosible kleptomaniac.
* YourCheatingHeart: [[spoiler: On a whim, Ray leaves Hattie for Blanche. Blanche eventually cheats Ray himself with mobster Al Torrio.]]
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