The Guitar

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Overview

A doomed woman discovers her creative spirit during a final fling with life in this independent drama. Melody Wilder Saffron Burrows is already having a bad day when she visits her doctor about a troubling lump in her throat -- her boyfriend has left her, and she's lost her job. However, this news pales in comparison to what her doctor Janeane Garofalo has to say: the lump is an inoperable cancer, and Melody has only a short time to live. Throwing caution to the wind, Melody rents a huge, luxurious apartment and ...
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Overview

A doomed woman discovers her creative spirit during a final fling with life in this independent drama. Melody Wilder Saffron Burrows is already having a bad day when she visits her doctor about a troubling lump in her throat -- her boyfriend has left her, and she's lost her job. However, this news pales in comparison to what her doctor Janeane Garofalo has to say: the lump is an inoperable cancer, and Melody has only a short time to live. Throwing caution to the wind, Melody rents a huge, luxurious apartment and furnishes it in high style, putting her purchases on a handful of credit cards she won't be around to pay off. Melody also permits herself affairs with a few of the deliverymen who have become regular visitors to her loft, but she spends most her days alone, enjoying the trappings of wealth as she ponders what little future she has left. One day, Melody makes an impulse purchase, a red electric guitar that looks like one she wanted as a girl. While Melody isn't schooled on the instrument, she begins teaching herself to work out chord patterns and melody lines, and in the last chapter of her life discovers a way to give voice to the pain and confusion she's buried within her. Written by veteran underground filmmaker Amos Poe, The Guitar was the first feature film from director Amy Redford.
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Special Features

Closed Caption
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/10/2009
  • UPC: 013137220593
  • Original Release: 2007
  • Rating:

  • Source: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:33:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 50,992

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Saffron Burrows Melody Wilder
Isaach de Bankolé Roscoe Wasz
Paz de la Huerta Constance "Cookie" Clemente
Janeane Garofalo Dr. Murray
Technical Credits
Amy Redford Director, Producer
Michael Brody Associate Producer
Bobby Bukowski Cinematographer
Heyward Collins Producer
Eric Daman Costumes/Costume Designer
Ged Dickersin Co-producer
Andy Emilio Executive Producer
Rose Ganguzza Executive Producer
Bob Jason Producer
Avy Kaufman Casting
Robert Kravitz Executive Producer
David Leonard Editor
Robert Lewis Executive Producer
David Mansfield Score Composer
Damon Martin Executive Producer
Tracy McKnight Musical Direction/Supervision
Tracy McNight Musical Direction/Supervision
Milena Pappas Executive Producer
Amos Poe Producer, Screenwriter
Philippe Rebboah Associate Producer
Michael Roban Executive Producer, Producer
Marla Weinhoff Production Designer
Leeba Zacharov Casting
Brad Zions Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Guitar
1. Life [4:56]
2. Downsized [6:04]
3. Short Term Rental [5:35]
4. Lots of Money, No Time [6:16]
5. Cookie [3:33]
6. Roscoe [7:10]
7. Credit Card Fever [5:34]
8. The Guitar [6:06]
9. Language of Objects [9:02]
10. Three Lovers [6:57]
11. What Day is It? [7:06]
12. Didn't Count on Being Alive [7:58]
13. The Antique Shop [3:04]
14. A Souvenir of Another Life [3:03]
15. The Band [7:42]
16. End Credits [4:06]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Guitar
   Play
   Scene Selection
   Set Up
      English 2.0
      English 5.1
      Director's Commentary
   Special Features
      The Guitar Trailer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Fun Escapism

    Amy Redford's (Robert's daughter) film is a wonderful piece of escapism. Saffron Burrows' Melody Wilder is a woman faced with impossible choices at the beginning of the film. Given a death sentence, she begins to really live by abandoning all conventions. Burrows' performance is sexy, beautiful and touching. It is all cliche.
    Paz de la Huerta is the surprise in the film. Without giving anything anyway, she is a marvel to watch in this film. Music lovers, artists should enjoy this small film. I consider it a promising start for Redford and look forward to her next work.
    The downside is some lighting in some scenes, and the overall cliche of the script. Real life isn't so optimistic. It is fun to watch and Burrows' plays it well.

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