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Too Late Blues

Too Late Blues

Too Late Blues

1961 / 103min / 35mm

DIRECTOR: JOHN CASSAVETES

CAST: BOBBY DARIN, STELLA STEVENS

Bobby Darin stars as jazz musician “Ghost” Wakefield, trying to keep it together between band politics and a romance with the new singer, played by Stella Stevens. After the success of Shadows, Cassavetes went west with the intention of revolutionizing Hollywood. Though he’d eventually give this up for a lost cause, it was not before he fired some of the first shots of an American New Wave, and was soon influencing a generation that succeeded within the system. The film’s story, that of an artist struggling with the demands of commerce, also happens to describe its director’s lifelong battle.