Not Fade Away is a drama set in 1960s suburbia where a band is trying to make their way to stardom. This new movie is directed by David Chase, known for the acclaimed HBO hit “The Sopranos.” Not Fade Away stars John Magaro, Will Brill and Jack Huston, and it centers on a group of friends in New Jersey who want to form a rock band. This film is expected to be anything but traditional since it focuses on the formative influence of music to a generation. Not Fade Away will be released in cinemas on December 21st 2012 and will be distributed by Paramount Pictures Entertainment. Check out an early review from David Rooney below:
“Not Fade Away: A Bittersweet Glance Back To The Sixties
NEW YORK – One of the many attributes that made The Sopranos such epically great American television was its idiosyncratic use of music. So it’s both unsurprising and entirely fitting that for his first feature, the creator of that series, David Chase, has made a movie not only stacked with inspired music choices, but fundamentally about the formative influence of music on a generation.
It’s also appropriate that Not Fade Away takes its title from a song popularized by Buddy Holly and by The Rolling Stones. This deeply personal reflection on growing up in the 1960s captures a shift in rock ‘n’ roll that had its roots in the transition between those artists – a revolution that continued rippling through the broader culture in the decade that followed, in ways both concrete and intangible.
The film may be too meandering for mainstream acceptance, but its focus will make the Paramount Vantage release connect directly with many baby boomers. It’s also a warm, funny, poignant scrapbook that evokes a spirit of youth still relatable in later eras. (Watch the trailer here.)
Movies about bands such as The Commitments, Backbeat, That Thing You Do!, Control and The Runaways tend most often to chronicle the formation, the early struggles or the rise and fall. The efforts of a group of friends in the comfortable New Jersey suburbs to break out of their garages and into the music industry are a large part of Chase’s film. But that story is more of a canvas for a gently reflective coming-of-age drama, providing a vague kinship with Cameron Crowe’s Almost Famous.
More than that, however, Not Fade Away is a richly contextualized snapshot of changing social dynamics, examining the conflict between traditional values of security and stability and the restless hunger for creative fulfillment. Politics and the civil rights movement are part of the movie’s backdrop, but its depiction of the fumbling search for personal and artistic freedom is shaped as much by pop culture. Books, movies, television and especially music supply the juice here, dipping into everything from The Twilight Zone to Antonioni.
Drawing directly from Chase’s youthful experience as a drummer in a Garden State band, the central character is Douglas (John Magaro). He plays covers of Bo Diddley, the Stones and the Kinks at local parties in a group led by his friends Gene (Jack Huston) and Wells (Will Brill).”
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