This was Coppola’s shining moment of the 1980’s.
An art house alternative to 1982’s “The Outsiders”.
Shooting began weeks after the completion of The Outsiders. The film stars Matt Dillon, Mickey Rourke, Diane Lane, Dennis Hopper, Lawrence Fishburne, Nicholas Cage, Vincent Spano and the late great Christopher Penn.
He’s a visual mastermind and has full creative freedom here.
The film is a photographers wet dream. A black and white visual feast from start to finish.
If you haven’t seen Rumble Fish yet…I don’t emphatically recommend it…
I’m kind of demanding you watch it.
Now, for the fans…
The Criterion Collection is re-releasing Rumble Fish on Blu-ray on April 24, 2017.
This is a brand new, 4K scan of the original negative, which was supervised by DOP Burum, and approved by the man, Francis Ford.
Click below for details & to pre-order.
I’ve put together as playlist of videos from the film I found on YouTube below…in addition to two interviews from 1982 with Coppola and members of the cast as they shot.
Watching Nic Cage describe his character is kind of…fascinating.
Another indelible aspect of this film, which enhances its brilliance at every turn, is the movies soundtrack.
Composed by the drummer of the rock group The Police, Stewart Copeland, Coppola wanted the movie to boil over with creative expression, both visually and sonically. He turned to Copeland after trying to create the score on his own…and a meeting of these two minds helped craft Rumble Fish into the visionary piece of art it is.
I found an interview by Jack Watkins of The Guardian with both Coppola and Copeland, linked below.
From that interview, Coppola commented:
“I decided to shoot in black and white because I wanted to make an art film for young people, and black and white gives a quality of poetic realism. I didn’t just leave it to the script to tell the story – I also used camera angles, lighting and soundtrack to stimulate a young audience into loving the form as much as I did. I was disappointed when they didn’t rush to see it. But it’s pleasing its appeal has endured. It was the film I really wanted to make.”
God…I hope he knows it worked, he reached us, I really do.
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