A screwball comedy centered on a Manhattan go-go dancing club, where a financial struggle between the owner, his accountant and his silent partner brother threatens the business’s future. —IMDb
Independent New York filmmaker Abel Ferrara became best-known for his low-budget, shockingly violent films that explore the roughest parts of the Big Apple and the darkest reaches of the human soul, with films such as China Girl (1987), his unique version of Romeo and Juliet, generating a devoted following. Ferrara was born in the Bronx, but spent most of his childhood in Peekskill, NY, where he met the two young men who would eventually become his primary screenwriter (Nicholas St. John) and occasional consultant (John McIntyre). As boys, they would play around with 8 mm cameras. In the mid-‘70s, the three reunited and founded Navaron Films, where they produced an adult film. In 1979, they released their most notorious film, Driller Killer, for which Ferrara starred, edited, and wrote the songs under the pseudonym Jimmie Laine. In this movie, a young man goes berserk and begins killing vagrants with a portable power drill. Ferrara continued making low-budget shockers until the late… read more
Really strange sort of masterpiece, I plan on doing a more extensive write up soon but right now I'm far too enamored with Bob Hoskins losing his shit over a guy in a crab costume.
Vishnevetsky compares this to late Chaplin, and I agree, especially if you're talking about A King In New York. A work of simultaneous self-pitying martyrdom and withering autocritique. Also, it's damned gorgeous and the sound design/music is brilliant.
It's a shame that Ferrara and Dafoe's working relationship is infrequent (or perhaps started too late in the latter's career) because they feel as natural as Scorsese/De NIro to me. Ferrara is known for his earnestness, and every scene in which the camera focuses on Dafoe running from happiness to anger to everything in between beautifully echoes that.
The French film journal has unveiled their choices for the best films of the year.
Even though Abel Ferrara never really went away, what he's been up to these past few weeks sure feels like a comeback. He began tweeting