The supreme master John Cassavetes followed up his earth-shaking 1959 debut Shadows
with this, his first directorial effort for a major studio. Positioned somewhere between Cassavetes' ferocious independent productions and the Hollywood fare of the early 1960s, Too Late Blues
represents a glimpse at a road not taken neither by the director himself, nor by mainstream American cinema in the era of the studio system's collapse - a parallel-universe of the movies that never came to pass... except in rare instances such as Too Late Blues
Legendary American singer Bobby Darin
(of "Beyond the Sea
" fame) plays the leader of a jazz band whose peripatetic performances ultimately lead him to cross paths with a singer (Stella Stevens
, later of Jerry Lewis's The Nutty Professor
) with whom he falls in love. Drama ensues when Darin's masculinity is thrown into question following a violent brawl, and the film lurches towards its gripping conclusion.
The critic Jonathan Rosenbaum wrote that Cassavetes' film is a portrait of "the self-laceration and other forms of emotional brought about when a footloose jazz musician decides to sell out and go commercial, " that it "has moments that are indelible and heartbreaking, " and that "if you care a lot about Cassavetes, you should definitely see this. " The Masters of Cinema
Series is proud to present John Cassavetes' Too Late Blues
for the first time on Blu-ray and DVD in the UK. SPECIAL FEATURES-
- Gorgeous high-definition 1080p presentation on the Blu-ray, progressive encode on the DVD
- Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
- New and exclusive video discussion of the film by critic David Cairns
- 52-PAGE BOOKLET featuring a new essay by critic and scholar David Sterritt, a 1961 interview profile with John Cassavetes, an excerpt from composer David Raksin s autobiography, and a 2007 interview with actor Stella Stevens.
One of the more impressive Hollywood movies to be set in the hip, flip jazz world