Johnny Suede [Import]
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Genre: Feature Film-Comedy
Release Date: 15-JAN-2008
Media Type: DVD
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This stylish, award-winning debut from writer-director Tom DiCillo (Delirious, Living in Oblivion) is one of the coolest comedies of the 90’s, achieving instant cult status on its release. Brad Pitt is Johnny Suede, an innocent dreamer with plenty of attitude who is desperate for a singing career like his idol Ricky Nelson. Johnny’s fantasy soon begins to crumble though as he learns the harsh realities of life from arrogant rock star Freak Storm (a hilarious cameo from Nick Cave) and Yvonne (Catherine Keener), a down-to earth teacher who opens his eyes to a world beyond his gravity-defying quaff and cherished black suede shoes. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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In an interview years later, Tom Dicillo said that "Johnny Suede," his first feature film, was the product of a "shooting nightmare." According to Dicillo, Brad Pitt (Johnny Suede) played the character as if he recently had a "frontal lobodomy." There was even a suggestion in the interview that Pitt willfully dumbed-down the character despite Dicillo's direction to play him as an ordinary mixed-up guy "just trying to figure things out." There was even a hint that Pitt was intentionally sabotaging the shoot as buzz began to circulate that he was destined for stardom (think Thema & Louise). However, I believe he was simply too good an actor to take a character like Johnny without irony. Dicillo considers the movie a failure and said that he was forced to leave in strange, awkward scenes because he simply had no choice (read money) to shoot them again.
"Johnny Suede" remains forever a puzzle. Is Johnny brain-dead or really a perfect symbol for a fallen and lost humanity?Read more ›
One thing that REALLY annoyed me though, was my DVD had stupid commentary at the beginning and the end which I *swear* is not on the VHS version. Kind of reminded me of Blade Runner, just ruined it. It's not quite as bad as BR, but I was disapointed.
I am sure this movie would have sucked out my life and left me a vegetable, except for the performance of Catherine Keener, whose brilliance as an actress has, alas, never been rewarded with the success that she deserves.