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IF I DIDN'T CARE
"Sustains a dark, chilly visual mood" -New York Times
"Lovely cinematography and an effective score peppered with 1930s songs like the title tune give this low-budget indie a studio gloss." -Film Journal International
"Blithely written and carefully directed by the talented Cummings brothers...If I Didn't Care is full of fresh surprises" -New York Observer
If I Didn't Care is a well-crafted, low-budget Hitchcockian film noir/thriller set in the exclusive resort community of The Hamptons, at the east end of Long Island. The main character, a philandering husband (Bill Sage, Hal Hartley's Flirt and Simple Men; Gregg Araki's Mysterious Skin) who conspires with his mistress (Susie Misner, The Hoax) to bump off his wealthy lawyer wife (Noelle Beck), figures murder is the quickest way to join high society.
The film was made by brothers Benjamin and Orson Cummings, who grew up in the Hamptons and shot the movie there to save money and take advantage of their local knowledge. They utilized the beaches, shops and homes in the area as the setting for a story about greed, duplicity and how hard it is to get away with murder. The biggest name in the cast is Roy Scheider (The French Connection, Jaws, All That Jazz), who plays a Schopenhauer-quoting detective. While filming, the Cummings brothers made every effort to capture the picturesque setting and watering holes of the Hamptons to create the feel of a classic film noir in the style of the '40s and '50s. According to legend, Scheider was sipping coffee at a cafe in Southampton one day when Orson Cummings "bushwhacked" him with the script. Now that's a story right out of Hollywood!
Directed by Benjamin and Orson Cummings, 2007, U.S.A., 35mm, 75 mins.