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4.0 out of 5 stars Indie Jazz Noir cinema, 10 May 2014
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For me, the best Cassavetes outside of academical critics' choice forever citing "Shadows", "A Woman Under the
Influence" or "Faces"... and a fairly unknown one, very close to what he was playing himself in atmosphere, in his TV series of Jazz Detective : "Johnny Staccato" using a lot of the same cast. Stella Stevens, belying Cassavetes' love of stellar blondes in a smoky, party, Jazzy, Noir atmosphere, is absolutely gorgeous and this may be her best movies. The Bongo Beatin' Beatnik Jazz Music is the real star, however, using one of early Teen Rock'n'Roll's idols, Bobby Darin in a kinda counter-role in the opponing Adult Jazz scene.
The image is well digitalised. Only sore point is that there isn't any bonus to set the scene in a historical context : downtown New York Jazz clubs in the late Fifties... or adding to the mood with a shortie or what.
Reccomended for Cassavetes fans!
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4.0 out of 5 stars In his second film, director Cassavetes turns his eye on the jazz scene, 19 Jun 2012
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An uncompromising jazz musician (Bobby Darin) holds firmly to his artistic convictions not to sell out for money and fame. But when he falls in love with a sad and wounded wannabe singer (Stella Stevens), he feels humiliated and ashamed when he can't physically defend her from a drunken thug (Vince Edwards) and he turns against her and his bandmates. After the critical success of his indie film SHADOWS (which won the Critics award at the Venice film festival) in 1959, director John Cassavetes second directorial effort was for a major studio, Paramount. Yet it doesn't have the feel of a slick Hollywood studio movie, it feels improvisatory and spontaneous (Cassavetes co-wrote the script) while retaining an authentic jazz milieu. Only the ending feels like a mainstream Hollywood film but I don't know if it was Cassavetes' idea or a compromise. The acting is excellent with both Darin and Stevens showing great potential that was never fully realized in either's acting career. Stevens, in particular, seems a major actress about to bloom. The nicely rendered B&W photography is by Lionel Lindon (MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE) and the minimal underscore by David Raksin (LAURA). Fine supporting work by Everett Chambers as Darin's mean spirited and spiteful agent, Cliff Carnell, Seymour Cassel, Nick Dennis, Rupert Crosse and Marilyn Clark as rich matron who makes Darin her gigolo.

The Olive Region 1 DVD is a crisp B&W transfer in an anamorphic 1.85 aspect ratio.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible performances, 30 Aug 2014
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This review is from: Too Late Blues (Masters of Cinema) (Dual Format Edition) [Blu-ray + DVD] [1961] (Blu-ray)
A strange film for its time when first released and I heard so much about it through the years I decided to order it on its Blu-ray release.I am not disappointed as this is a cracking film with an incredible performance by Bobby Darin and also Stella Stevens.She says in the interview enclosed in the booklet this was one of her favourite performances and Im not surprised Highly recommended
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 16 Oct 2014
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An early masterpiece from the late great Bobby Darin
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