Movie Narrative: Lulu on the Bridge (1998)

The captivation of moving pictures is a source of tremendous inspiration.  For this reason and many more, RB28’s Movie Narratives, continues showing its love for movies with another movie narrative.  This week, Lulu on the Bridge (1998), will be converted into a narrative and subsequently highlighted.  It is implied that the blog reader reads the movie narrative, and then, he or she watches the movie.  The effort is to give the blog reader, an enhanced experience.  RB28’s Movie Narratives, ends this movie narrative of Lulu on the Bridge (1998), with some Hollywood facts.
            Lulu on the Bridge (1998) is rated PG-13.  Furthermore, it is 1 hour and 43 minutes long.  This movie is categorized under the drama, music and mystery genre.  The official release date is August 14th, 1998.  The release date is for the Country of Norway.  The director was Paul Auster.  The writer was Paul Auster.  The officially recognized stars of Lulu on the Bridge (1998); were Harvey Keitel, Mira Sorvino and Richard Edson.  The list of the 15 most important cast members is as follows: 
  • Harvey Keitel (Izzy Maurer).
  • Richard Edson (Dave Reilly).
  • Don Byron (Tyrone Lord).
  • Kevin Corrigan (Man with Gun).
  • Mira Sorvino (Celia Burns).
  • Victor Argo (Pierre).
  • Peggy Gormley (Dr. Fisher).
  • Harold Perrineau (Bobby Perez).
  • Gina Gershon (Hannah).
  • Sophie Auster (Sonia Kleinman).
  • Vanessa Redgrave (Catherine Moore).
  • Mandy Patinkin (Philip Kleinman).
  • Greg Johnson (Stanley Mar).
  • David Byrne (‘Laughing Man’ Escort).
  • Holly Buczek (Dying Girl).

            The synopsis follows.  Lulu on the Bridge (1998) is a drama mystery story, out of New York City.  In New York City, U.S.A., an old jazz musician prepares for a concert performance.  Izzy is a well known, and respected, saxophone player in a jazz band.  During the concert, a crazy man enters the concert hall firing his gun.  Despite the chaos, Izzy continues to play the saxophone.  Unfortunately, one of the bullets hits Izzy.  As a result, Izzy lies on the floor, shot and dying.  As he is lying there, he sees a rock fall from the ceiling.  Time passes, Izzy lives but he lost the use of his left lung.  Meanwhile, an unknown actress named, Celia Burns, works at a restaurant.  Additionally, she continues to do auditions, in order, to progress her acting career.  Izzy’s ex-wife visits Izzy, because, she is worried about him.  Hannah is her name, and, Hannah invites Izzy to dinner with her and her husband.  Izzy goes to Hannah’s house, in order, to have dinner with her and her husband.  As soon as he arrives, Izzy is informed that, an ex-actress will be joining the group for dinner.  Her name is Catherine Moore, and, she has become a movie director.  During dinner, Catherine and Philip tell the group that, they are working on a new version of a movie called, Pandora’s Box.  Izzy leaves the dinner and walks back to his apartment, when unexpectedly, he discovers a man lying on the ground.  The man is dead.  For some unknown reason, Izzy takes the man’s messenger bag.  Inside the man’s messenger bag, Izzy discovers two things.  The first thing, is a napkin with a telephone number.  The second thing; is a rock that floats, and, illuminates the color purple.  Izzy calls the telephone number, and, he asks if he can visit.  It results that, the other side of the telephone number is Celia Burns, the actress.  Izzy shows Celia, what the rock can do.  Celia and Izzy hold the rock in their hand.  Celia feels joy, and, a feeling of being connected to herself.  Izzy feels joy, and, a feeling of being connected to Celia.  Izzy helps Celia obtain the protagonist role, in Catherine Moore’s movie.  Izzy and Celia fall in love, and, their relationship grows.  Unfortunately, the owners of the rock find Izzy.  Subsequently, Izzy is beaten and held in captivity.  The men will not release Izzy from captivity, until, they have the rock.  Director, Paul Auster, does a good job.  This movie starts to feel, like it is going to be, a classic movie.  Unfortunately, a lot of things fall short.  However, the effort is recognized as good work.  The writer, Paul Auster, does an equally good job.  The interaction between Izzy and Celia, is very well written.  Unfortunately, a lot of things fall short.  The officially recognized stars do a good job performing their role.  Special recognition is merited to Harvey Keitel and Mira Sorvino.  These two, are very good together.  Overall, Lulu on the Bridge (1998) earns the rating of 6 out of 10.
            The movie narrative of, Lulu on the Bridge (1998), is as follows.  In New York City, U.S.A., Izzy Maurer stares at pictures of actresses.  Celia Burn is one of the actresses.  It results that; Izzy was urinating, and, the pictures are part of the wall, where the urinals are located.  A member of the band arrives.  He tells Izzy that, it is time.  Izzy arrives at the stage, and, the jazz concert begins.  Izzy plays the saxophone, in the jazz band.  Unexpectedly, a man with a gun enters.  The man starts to shoot bullets into the ceiling.  The people start to run.  However, Izzy doesn’t stop playing the saxophone.  Unexpectedly, Izzy is on the floor.  Izzy has been shot in the shoulder.  The man with the gun kills himself.  As he is dying, Izzy sees a rock fall from the ceiling.  Izzy is lying, on an operating table.  Meanwhile, Celia Burns walks to her other job, in a restaurant.  Her first job is being an actress, obviously.  Celia arrives and asks for permission, to go to, an audition.  The audition is for a shampoo commercial.  At the hospital, Izzy is alive and recovering.  Izzy has become a bitter man.  Additionally, Izzy lost the use of his left lung.  Celia arrives at her apartment.  She opens a CD and listens to it.  At Izzy’s apartment, people call Izzy and leave messages.  Izzy is there, but, he doesn’t answer the telephone.  Izzy’s ex-wife, Hannah, also calls Izzy.  Izzy passes time, on the streets of New York City.  Izzy reads the newspaper, at a coffee shop.  Another musician approaches Izzy, and, he wishes him well.  At Izzy’s apartment, Izzy’s ex-wife arrives to visit Izzy.  Hannah visits, in order, to know if Izzy is okay.  Hannah is re-married to another man.  Izzy arrives at Hannah’s apartment, to be able to, attend the dinner.  Hannah is married to a man named, Philip Kleinman.  Philip has a daughter named, Sonia.  Izzy arrives, and, he meets Sonia.  Hannah informs Izzy that, an ex-actress named Catherine Moore, will be joining the group for dinner.  Currently, Catherine Moore is a movie director.  During dinner, Catherine leads the conversation.  Philip tells the group that, they are working on a new version of Pandora’s Box.  Furthermore, that they don’t have an actress for Lulu.  Catherine and Hannah leave, to pass time with Sonia.  Izzy and Philip, stay at the table and continue talking.  Philip tells Izzy a weird story.  The story is about a piece of poop, on the toilet seat of an airplane restroom.  Meanwhile, Hannah puts on music.  Hannah, Catherine and Sonia dance together.  Izzy leaves, Philip and Hannah’s apartment.  Izzy walks to his apartment.  On his way back to his apartment, Izzy discovers a dead man.  The man appears to have been shot.  For some unknown reason, Izzy takes the man’s messenger bag.  At his apartment, Izzy opens the messenger bag.  Izzy finds a telephone number written on a napkin, and, a card board box.  The card board box, has boxes inside of boxes.  Finally, Izzy discovers a rock, with a red line across the back part.  Izzy is lying in bed, when, the mysterious rock starts to glow.  The rock illuminates the color purple.  Izzy gets out of bed, and, he turns on the light.  The rock stops illuminating the color purple.  Izzy turns the light off, and, the rock starts to float in the air.  The rock, also continues, to illuminate the color purple.  Izzy turns the light off again, and, the rock starts to float in the air.  The rock, also continues, to illuminate the color purple.  Izzy turns the light on, and, the rock stops.  Izzy feels restless, and, he smokes a cigarette.  The next morning, Celia is at her apartment.  Unexpectedly, Izzy calls Celia on the telephone.  Celia’s number is the telephone number, which he found, in the messenger bag.  Izzy asks, if he can visit her apartment.  Celia agrees, and, she gives Izzy her home address.  Celia listens to Izzy’s music.  Celia thinks about something else.  Izzy arrives at Celia’s apartment, and, Izzy appears to be angry.  It results that, Izzy knew, or knows, who the dead man is.  The dead man is Stanley Mar.  Izzy asks Celia, if she knows Stanley Mar.  Izzy becomes angry.  He asks Celia, why her telephone number is on the napkin.  Celia tells Izzy that, she works at a restaurant.  Additionally, that she went out on a date with, a man named Stanley.  Izzy asks Celia, about the rock.  Celia doesn’t know what is happening.  Izzy demands answers.  He also continues to show her the rock.  Izzy closes the curtains, in order, to show her the rock.  Celia tells Izzy that, he has to leave in five minutes.  Izzy tells Celia to turn off the lights.  Celia turns off the lights, and, the rock starts to glow.  Celia decides to grab the rock, as it is, floating in the air.  Celia feels joy from the rock.  Izzy holds the rock in his hands.  Izzy also feels joy from the rock.  Izzy passes the rock, back, to Celia.  Celia feels connected to herself.  Izzy feels connected to Celia.  Celia asks Izzy, to turn on the light.  Izzy turns on the light, and, the rock turns off.  Celia and Izzy agree, to re-meet the next day.  Izzy walks to his apartment.  Unexpectedly, Celia chases Izzy, in order, to stop him.  Celia invites Izzy to pass the day with her; grocery shopping.  In bed, Izzy and Celia have a couple’s moment.  Izzy and Celia become lovers, and, they talk about senseless things.  Celia tells Izzy that, she loves him.  Izzy and Celia, pass time together on the roof of the building; as a couple.  Izzy tells Celia the story, of how, he found the rock.  In bed, Izzy and Celia continue to pass time, as lovers.  Celia prepares, to go, to work at the restaurant.  Izzy is in love, and, he wants to work with Celia at the restaurant.  Celia says that, she can ask.  Celia works at the restaurant, as a server.  Meanwhile, Izzy works at the same restaurant, as a busser.  The boss notices that, they are lovers.  At Celia’s apartment, Izzy and Celia pass time as lovers.  Furthermore, Celia shows Izzy her acting work.  Celia tells Izzy that, she is going to an audition.  Incidentally, the audition is for a movie, which is being directed by Catherine Moore.  Izzy surprises Celia, by telling her that, he knows Catherine and Philip.  Izzy tells Celia that, he will make a telephone call, and, get her the part.  After the audition, Celia meets-up with Izzy.  Izzy was on the telephone, about, giving the part to Celia.  At the restaurant, Celia has an incident with customers, who are men.  The men offered to pay Celia for sex.  Izzy arrives to escalate the incident, into, a physical confrontation.  The boss arrives, to break things up.  Furthermore, he terminates Izzy’s employment.  In turn, Celia quits her job, because, Izzy lost his job.  Celia and Izzy return to Celia’s apartment.  Through a telephone message, Catherine tells Celia that, she has the part of Lulu.  Catherine, Hannah, Celia and Izzy meet-up at a restaurant.  They talk about the Lulu character, and, the movie.  Izzy announces that, he will be visiting Celia on the set of the movie.  He also says that, he and Celia, will be living together.  Philip arrives, and, he sits at the table.  Izzy and Celia escape the group, in order, to pass time as lovers.  Celia departs to film the movie.  Izzy will be following, two days later.  Izzy gives Celia the rock, before she leaves.  Celia leaves, and, Izzy returns to his apartment.  As soon as Izzy enters his apartment, three men also enter.  The men beat Izzy, and, they accuse him of killing Stanley.  Celia lands at her destination.  Izzy is taken to a secret location, and, held in captivity.  Izzy passes time in captivity.  Celia attempts to talk to Izzy, on the telephone.  However, she ends up leaving telephone messages.  She also looks at the rock.  In captivity, Izzy is given a box of salted crackers.  Izzy passes time in captivity.  One day, he hears gun shots.  A man named Dr. Van Horn enters.  Dr. Van Horn brings Izzy food.  Dr. Van Horn asks Izzy, for the rock.  Dr. Van Horn tells Izzy that, the glow is work.  Furthermore, that the work has been conducted for several years.  From this point forward; the series of events, take the viewer, to the end.  Dr. Van Horn and his men, successfully find Celia.  They also attempt to take her captive.  Izzy manages to escape captivity.  Finally; you have to watch, in order to know, how this movie ends.
            The movie narrative of the feature film, Lulu on the Bridge (1998), ends with some Hollywood facts.  The country of origin is the United States of America.  The official language is English.  There are other notable release dates.  The other notable release dates are:  France, September 6, 1998 (Deauville Film Festival); Spain, October 30, 1998; Portugal, May 21, 1999; U.S.A., September 21, 1999 (DVD Premier) and Hungary, April 12, 2001.  Unfortunately, there is no box office data that is available, for this feature film.  The production companies are Capitol Films and Redeemable Features.  There are several distributors for this particular movie.  Some of the distributors include the following; Atalanta Filmes (Portugal), Pyramide Distribution (France), Madman Entertainment (Australia) and Trimark Home Video (U.S.A.).
            To end and as always, RB28’s Movie Narratives, encourages you to continue reading the posted movie narratives.  The aforementioned blog strives to provide basic information, so that it, becomes inspiration.  Movies are a great pleasure to RB28’s Movie Narratives, and, the blog’s author hopes that they are for you as well.  For this week, and in conclusion, the feature film was Lulu on the Bridge (1998).  RB28’s Movie Narratives looks forward to seeing you next week, when another movie will be highlighted.


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