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NCC’s Free Movie of the Month Series Kicks Off September 20
September 20 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
NCC’s free film series for the 2018-19 school year kicks off with John Cassavette’s “Too Late Blues,” a 1962 classic that will screen at the college’s Gen Re Forum Theater on Thursday, September 20 at 6:30 p.m.
A moody, atmospheric film that’s set in the jazz world of the early 1960’s, the film serves up a fascinating glimpse of director Cassavettes and pop star Bobby Darin in the early stages of their film careers. This is Cassavettes’ first Hollywood film (following the “art-house” success of his 1959 independent film, Shadows). It is also Darin’s first non-singing role. Both of these artists were talented and ambitious, while also stubborn and uncompromising. These traits are echoed in the plot of Cassavettes’ film, which revolves around the age-old struggle between art and commerce, success and failure.
Generally ignored when first released, this edgy, dark film, set in the seedy “outer rings” of the jazz world, deserves another look. In fact, many critics today laud Darin’s “brave” performance, especially his willingness to portray a character who is both arrogant and weak. Stella Stevens also impresses as an aspiring singer who has lost her way. Ditto Everett Chambers as a manager who is only too happy to destroy whatever he can’t possess or sell. Not an easy film to watch, it leaves an indelible mark on you—especially with its haunting visuals and music, played by such jazz greats as Benny Carter, Shelly Mann, and Red Mitchell.
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