Romance and Cigarettes
“For me ROMANCE AND CIGARETTES is a working class opera. When people don’t have money, they escape through song, much like prayer. Being a lover of Fellini, Powell and Pressburger and Buñuel, I was encouraged to not think I was completely out of my mind. Life is not a comedy or a tragedy or a musical but all of these elements are part of our everyday experience. According to Aristotle, a drama must have plot, character, thought, poetry, music and dance. I just added sex. I hope the audience receives the film in the spirit in which it was made - full of love and wonder and occasional dirty thoughts.” – John Turturro
John Turturro (b. 1957) graduated from The Yale School of Drama and has performed a great many roles in both theatre, television and more than sixty films. He has also been nominated to and won several performing awards. He has worked with the Coen brothers on several occasions and won the prize for Best Actor in Cannes for BARTON FINK in 1991. His debut film MAC won the Camera d’Or in Cannes the following year. His second film ILLUMINATA was released in 1998.