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296 Ratings

Too Late Blues

Directed by John Cassavetes
United States, 1961


Ghost is an ideological musician who would rather play his blues in the park to the birds than compromise himself. However, when he meets and falls in love with a beautiful singer, his values start to change, as he leaves his dreams behind in search of fame.

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Too Late Blues Directed by John Cassavetes

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  • El Biffo's rating of the film Too Late Blues

    Interesting to see the development of Cassavetes here, working with commercial pop stars Bobby Darin & Stella Stevens and infusing their relationships with a depth that probably wasn't expected by the target audience for this picture. Doesn't have the rawness of SHADOWS, but Cassavetes completists (like myself) will want to see it anyway. Like listening to a Beatles Hamburg tape, sparks of brilliance to be found. 3.6

  • Dalibor's rating of the film Too Late Blues

    It is as messed up as quote "All I can do is what I know best" (!?) screaming from it's release poster. Insight in underground jazz scene offering Darin's weirdo performance and a plot that's really hard to get into. Seems Cassavetes worked better when improvising along the way.

  • Ashley Spendlove's rating of the film Too Late Blues

    Highly atmospheric, it nicely captures a (Hollywood-ised) sense of the white jazz counterculture. Bobby Darin gives a wonderfully nuanced performance and Cassavettes facilitates some great extended ensemble scenes. This helps the film explore something much more complex than just art v sellout - there is a real sense of his characters existing on the edge of the abyss.

  • Sam Brewster's rating of the film Too Late Blues

    It's a simple enough story, but it feels emotionally genuine. The volatile band dynamic and love story could easily be transposed to a modern day rock band; it's a timeless tale. SPOILER: The finale reminded me of the ending of 'Frank', in the music-trumps-all resolution. I wonder what happened when the song was over.

  • Zanna Walsh's rating of the film Too Late Blues

    I found this film to have an odd underlying feeling of threat throughout "Princess" seems to be on valium the whole time, the agent looks on the edge of killing someone, and Ghost, well, he just wants to make his music his way, you dig? The music he makes with Princess "singing, not singing" sounds like something from planet Volcan where you'd expect to see a green woman dancing. You dig?

  • Tja's rating of the film Too Late Blues

    Apart from an impressively cool jazz soundtrack, this is a long film which feels like a stage play, with mainly Americans shouting at each other and/or fist fighting. One more time guys! "No! I said 'No!' Now gettada here. You hear me?" etc, etc. Women's belted raincoats by Burberry. Lung cancer years later by Nicotine. Thank God rock and roll came along to clean up this shit.

  • FISCHER's rating of the film Too Late Blues

    Les difficultés relationnelles d'un jeune homme, dirigeant un petit orchestre de jazz avec les autres membres du groupe et une jeune chanteuse engagée entre temps. De l'excellent travail !

  • Jonathan Smith's rating of the film Too Late Blues

    I must admit that I'd never seen a Cassavetes film until this one. Too Late Blues is a classic tale of artistic integrity - stick to your principles or bend to a higher power for success. Bobby Darin excels as 'Ghost' trapped in this dilemma, leaping between affability and sheer menace. The film always feels alive, which drives the story, as boisterous staging and close ups help bring the characters to the fore.

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