For the French cinephile series Cinéma de notre temps, Rafi Pitts made an intimate portrait of the American film maker Abel Ferrara. The result is an eccentric road-movie, with the restless Ferrara as a charming, seedy guide, leading us through nocturnal New York. Pitts' introverted approach offers all the room Ferrara needs and he has no trouble filling this space with his larger-than-life personality. We see him quarrel with taxi drivers, start talking frankly to strange women in the street and tell his version of the truth, to anyone who wants to hear. But his isolation becomes apparent, in an America, to which Ferrara does not want to conform.Written by
If you're a fan of Abel Ferrara then you'll certainly want to check out this documentary, which was a part of the French series Cinema, de notre temps. In the documentary we see the French crew arriving in New York where they are to follow Ferrara around and what the viewer gets is a real treat as we get to see the director dealing with fans, people he knows as well as him at work.
If you're looking for a well-detailed sit down with Ferrara then you're not going to get that here but then again it's doubtful anyone will ever do that with the controversial director. What this documentary does is pretty much just follow the director around as he carries on in a normal day. If you're familiar with Ferrara then you should already know that he's a loose cannon and you never quite know where his mind is going to go and that's certainly on full display here.
There are some really great moments where the director is just simply talking to a taxi man or some people who come up to him on the streets. It's certainly great getting to see Ferrara in these situations but it's also great to listen to him talk about a few of his films as well as him discussing why he refuses to bow down to Hollywood and their rules.
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