Too Late Blues (1961)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB

USA, 1961.  .  Screenplay by , John Cassavetes.  Cinematography by .  Produced by John Cassavetes.  Music by .  Production Design by , .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Early feature directed by John Cassavetes that shows his penchant for atmosphere and mood, even though the narrative leaves a lot to be desired.  Bobby Darin is impressive as a musician whose mood swings make his fellow band mates suffer, though nobody takes the brunt of his bad attitude more than his girlfriend () who loves him despite the abuse. The film takes place in smoky nightclubs, seedy hotel rooms and late-night bars, and while it meanders a bit too much to be particularly entertaining, there’s a lot to be said for the roughly accurate dialogue and genuine performances. Stevens was never better than in her role here, displaying a wealth of pain and frustration in her eyes behind the Marilyn-glamour of her bright blond hair and fancy wardrobe.

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