Sunday, June 21, 2009

Gallo totally dressed up for the Q&A for Tetro in LA....

Source: Klaxon's Flickr (


Actually, as an Anonymous poster it's not from the premiere and there was an explanation:

This was from the question and answer session last week at the Landmark theater on Pico in Los Angeles. He was there along with Francis Ford Coppola for about 30 minute talking to the audience.

When asked about his disheveled appearance he said he came direct from a shoot.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Johnny 316

Probably everyone has already seen the trailer of this movie (of which I think it probably is pretty interesting but couldn't get my hands on so far). Anyway, a teaser (9 minutes) has appeared on youtube so, for your viewing pleasure, teaser and trailer.

Tetro Reviews

I was actually asking myself several times if I wanted to go into posting reviews of the movie. After all, they can easily be found everywhere and the more than vast press tour that Mr Coppola has been doing can hardly be avoided.

But then again, the one in the Washington Post needs attention in my opinion.

'Tetro': Angst and the Artiste

By John Anderson

Special to The Washington Post
Friday, June 19, 2009

Based on the first original screenplay he's written since "The Conversation" (1974), Francis Ford Coppola has created a movie that aspires to the grand opera -- and probably should be considered successful, given how often grand opera is confusing, hysterical and/or illogical, and with enough plotlines to hang itself. No one cares that "Tosca" is a bloody mess, of course, because it has a score by Puccini. "Tetro" doesn't.

What does it have? An overheated emotional engine. A story about patriarchy, frustrated artistic ambition and, ultimately, self-absorption. All of which are aided and abetted by the presence of Vincent Gallo, an actor with the ability to render drama into farce -- and comedy into God knows what. In a bit of stunt casting on Coppola's part, the resolutely eccentric Gallo plays the title character, a tortured writer who's given up on himself and is living in the Italianate section of Buenos Aires. "He's like a genius, without a lot of accomplishments," says his long-suffering yet chronically upbeat girlfriend, Miranda (Maribel VerdĂș, of "Pan's Labyrinth"), a dancer and doctor who met Tetro in the asylum where she worked. Tetro is never going to be what one would describe as happy, but he seems content enough when we meet him, stewing in his own frustrated juices among the Argentine demimonde. Predictably enough, he reacts harshly to the unexpected arrival of his young brother, Bennie (Alden Ehrenreich), who wants to know why Tetro abandoned him, and why he hasn't realized his potential.

Every indication is that Bennie is on a fool's errand. Neither Tetro nor his brother, whose editing will lift Tetro's work to public acclaim, is plausible as a great writer -- there's nothing introspective or even intelligent about them. But Coppola's efforts here are all about elaborate gestures, exalted feeling and high-decibel angst. Tetro and Bennie have different mothers but are both sons of the world-renowned conductor and world-class egomaniac Carlo Tetrocini (Klaus Maria Brandauer), who delivers to his elder son the movie's most memorable line: "There's room for only one genius in this family." Tetro has fled his father, his country and his art. His brother is a reminder of all he left behind. Their remembered relationship with their father is Gothic. Unlike certain Coppola clans of the past, this one isn't killing each other. But it's a thought.

The film looks fantastic, the HD black-and-white that connotes the present (color identifies the past) being a glory of moody contrasts and haunted high-resolution. Now that Coppola has transitioned from onetime studio lion to scrappy indie filmmaker, it also should be noted that "Tetro" is a vast improvement over his last opus, "Youth Without Youth," although the 70-year-old director commits the same mortal sin as any 22-year-old would-be auteur: He doesn't have enough story to support his characters' anxieties. Gallo recites lines, lines that really should be played for laughs, as if he were a doctor delivering a cancer diagnosis. There's a disconnect between the feverish emotion and its cause: Carlo's legacy, other than his music, is one profoundly dysfunctional family, but it hardly justifies all the interpretive dancing being performed by our trusty cast. The great Spanish actress Carmen Maura is the one performer with a clue, playing the mysterious Argentine critic Alone (as in "I vant to be . . . ') for maximum campiness. But it's too little -- as is the incidental music scored by the great Argentine composer Osvaldo Golijov, or the splendid cinematography of Mihai Malaimare Jr. "Tetro" has no internal tension -- you can't bring yourself to care about the characters because there's no justification for their suffering. In other words, it should have been a comedy.

Tetro (127 minutes at Landmark E Street Theatre) is not rated.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Rumors or true? New project might be ahead

So, this comes from a Blog-Entry based on information from the bio page on To me, the idea that just the name of the project with nothing else about it being known is enough to conclude he'll write direct and act in it is a bit hasty, but who knows? It would be great if it's true.

Vincent Gallo Directing New Film, 'Promises Written In The Water' For 2010?

Just earlier today we lamented the paucity of Vincent Gallo films, discussed his potential "retirement," wanted more original works from him and were emboldened by the recent discovery of four copyrighted projects of his, at least three of them appearing to be screenplays.

We asked/pleaded/speculated: could more films written and directed by the filmmaker be on the horizon possibly one day?

Well, something one of our astute readers just hipped us to that we totally missed.

On his bio page for Francis Ford Coppola's "Tetro," which Gallo stars in, there's mention of a new project scheduled for 2010 titled, "Promises Written In The Water," which distinctly sounds like he'll be writing and directing.

What's it about? No one seems to know anything about it other than the title, but we assume it wouldn't be on the his "Tetro" bio page if it wasn't something he was working on currently seeking finance for. In some shape or form, even if 2010 is wishful thinking (which it sometimes is these days when it comes to self-financing indie projects), the fact that's it on the map is a good sign to us. Hopefully that officially puts the "retirement," behind him (though as we noted, that sounded just like a good excuse to get out of a film).

Monday, June 1, 2009

Tetro Clip

In case you didn't notice it in the reply:

RRIICCEE Tour postponed until September

Yep. According to various sources and the site of the venue in Bern:

"Due to RRIICCEE losing a KEY musician we have to postpone the current dates until September."

This concerns the whole European tour. The new dates will be announced ASAP.