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51st Directors’ Fortnight May 15-25, 2019

Americana

Fortnight 1981, Feature film, 1h31

Synopsis

Dick Carr me raconta l’histoire d’ »Americana » dans un break à Nogales, Arizona, et je n’ai jamais pu l’oublier. Je n’avais jamais envisagé de la porter à l’écran moi-même; mais ce fut finalement le seul moyen de la réaliser.Le film fut tourné en dix-huit jours, en mai et juin 1973,avec une équipe de neuf hommes.Le scénario fut filmé uniquement dans l’ordre strictement chronologique et photographié sans la lumière artificielle. Il n’y eut pas de salaires versés à l’équipe, sauf quelques dédommagements à ceux qui en avaient besoin. Nous vivions dans des tentes et cherchions de quoi manger. La post-production s’accomplit par à-coups sur une période de sept ans en dehors de mes activités d’acteur.Les pièges traditionnels de la mise en scène façon Hollywood que ce film tente d’éviter sont si nombreux que leur énumération deviendrait fastidieuse. La philosophie de notre production était de n’avoir aucune règle. Je n’ai  jamais compris tout à fait le sens de cette histoire : cependant j’ai des doutes et ces doutes sont le sujet du film. J’ai également tenté d’inclure, dans le contexte du scénario, des métaphores sur tout ce en quoi je crois. Au plus haut de cette liste figure ma foi en la Révolution Américaine. David CARRADINE
 

Director

David Carradine

Born in USA, David Carradine died in 2009. He was the eldest son of legendary character actor John Carradine and he presided over an acting family that included brothers Keith Carradine, and Robert Carradine as well as his daughters Calista Carradine, Kansas Carradine and nieces Ever Carradine and Martha Plimpton. He was educated at San Francisco State College, where he studied music theory and composition. It was while writing music for the Drama Department’s annual revues that he discovered his own passion for the stage, joining a Shakespearean repertory company and learning his craft on his feet.After a two-year stint in the army, he found work in New York as a commercial artist and later found fame on Broadway in « The Deputy » and « The Royal Hunt of the Sun » opposite Christopher Plummer. He returned to Hollywood, landing the short-lived TV series « Shane » (1966) before being tapped to star opposite Barbara Hershey in Martin Scorsese’s first Hollywood film, Boxcar Bertha (1972). The iconic « Kung Fu » (1972) followed, catapulting Carradine to superstardom for the next three years, until he left the series to pursue his film career.That career included more than 100 feature films, a couple of dozen television movies, a whole range of theater on and off Broadway, and another hit series, Kung Fu: The Legend Continues (1992) (TV). Carradine received the Best Actor Award from the National Board of Film Review as well as a Golden Globe nomination for his portrayal of Woody Guthrie in Hal Ashby’s Bound for Glory (1976), and won critical acclaim for his work as Cole Younger in The Long Riders (1980). « Kung Fu » also received seven Emmy nominations in its first season, including one for Carradine as Best Actor. In addition he won the People’s Prize at the Cannes Film Festival’s « Director’s Fortnight » for his work on Americana (1983), and a second Golden Globe nomination for his supporting role in « North and South » (1985).He returned to the screen in what could be his greatest performance to date, playing the title role in Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) and Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004) (Miramax), for which he received his fourth Golden Globe nomination. He also continued his devotion to music, and he recorded some 60 tracks from various musical genres and sung in several movies. He made his home in Los Angeles with his fifth wife Annie, her four children and their two dogs.

Arnold Herzstein
Barbara Hershey
Bruce Carradine
David Carradine
Greg Walker
John Barrymore III
Michael Greene
sandy Ignon

Scénario
Richard Carr

Image
Michael Stringer

Montage
David Carradine

Musique
Craig Hundley, David Carradine

Production :
David Carradine et Skip Sherwood
244 Wilshire Bv -suite 509
Los Angeles
Tel : 475 75 21

Ventes à l’étranger / Foreign sales :
Skip SHERWOOD