Al Pacino & Greta Gerwig in Barry Levinson's 'The Humbling' Trailer

September 3, 2014
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The Humbling

While iconic actor Al Pacino and director Barry Levinson have found success previously with You Don't Know Jack, they also faltered with What Just Happened?. Now it looks like the two have another winner on their hands with The Humbling, the story of a legendary stage actor on the verge of madness who has an affair with a lesbian woman (Greta Gerwig of Frances Ha) half his age at a secluded country house in Connecticut. This looks quirky and charming, and almost feels like a Woody Allen film. And you can't go wrong with a rare on-screen appearance by Charles Grodin as Pacino's agent. Count me in. Watch below!

Here's the first trailer for Barry Levinson's The Humbling from Deadline:

Once an acclaimed thespian, Simon (Al Pacino) has fallen from grace — literally. After swan-diving into the orchestra pit in the middle of a performance, he slides into an intense depression, and quite possibly dementia, leading to a spell in a psychiatric facility. Upon his release he agrees to continue therapy and swears to give up acting. But Simon is always acting in the theatre of everyday life. It's only when he finds himself in an unlikely affair with the younger Pegeen (Greta Gerwig), until now a lesbian, that Simon seems to be back in the moment. Or is he? The Humbling, directed by Barry Levinson (Rain Man) from a script by Buck Henry & Michal Zebede, played at Venice and TIFF but there's no official US release date set yet.

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    I like Gerwig. I wonder when she will break out. Many of her acting roles seem to be in these smaller budget features. Maybe this is her niche?
  • I love movies about actors, they are so interesting.
  • kitano0
    Welcome back, Charles Grodin! Always great, and a great guy. " I have no idea what he's saying..." Hilarious!
  • _M
    "what just happened" stars Robert De Niro not Pacino. Good lord. I also noticed a few weeks back that you labelled Elle Fanning as Dakota Fanning. Are you looking at any of this stuff before you write?
  • ff
    Huh looks pretty good!




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