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Less a “making of” than a “not making of”, this documentary finds Alec Baldwin tilting Don Quixote-like at the giants of the movie biz, armed only with his rapier wit and the portly, shambling Sancho-like figure of director James Toback at his side.

Together they traipse the Cannes Croisette touting an Iraq-set erotic drama in the Bertolucci mould. Last Tango in Tikrit anyone? Needless to say, no one is biting.

Their musings are amusing but what elevates it is the access: star players old (Scorsese, Polanski, Coppola) and new (Gosling, Chastain) wax lyrical and refreshingly candid on why films ain’t what they used to be.

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