New York Film Festival Preview: Not Fade Away

(Re-posted from LimitéMagazine.com)

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Screenings: Saturday, October 6, 6pm & 9pm

Venue: Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, NYC

Series: NYFF50: Gala Tributes

*CENTERPIECE FILM*

*WORLD PREMIERE*

Suburban New Jersey. Mid 1960s. A group of teens form a band in the shadow of some of the biggest names of the time—Rolling Stones, The Beatles. In his film directorial debut, Sopranos creator David Chase crafts a film that’s as much a love letter to the 1960s as it is to the classic tunes of his youth. Joining forces with an ideal music supervisor, the legendary Steven Van Zandt of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band and himself a patron saint of New Jersey, the duo captures the essence of the era in great detail, though at times the constant in-your-face references breach on annoying. Not Fade Away feels a bit disjointed at times and is not as strong as Cameron Crowe’s 2000 Oscar-winning Almost Famous (an easy comparison), but the film does manage to stand on its own two feet and will surely be enjoyed by any child of the ’60s with a garage band. Above all else, the soundtrack is pretty boss.

Limité Rating: 3/5

Director: David Chase

Genres: Narrative, Comedy, Drama

Country: USA

Language: English

Runtime: 112 min.

The 50th New York Film Festival runs from September 28 – October 14, 2012.

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