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It's 1971 at the University of Texas, Austin. College buddies, facing graduation, marriage, and the draft, skip out of their own graduation party and head to the Mexican border for some adventure, a buried secret, and one last go-around at "the privileges of youth". Written by
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The first of three directorial and starring collaborations between Kevin Reynolds and Kevin Costner. Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991) and Waterworld (1995) followed. So as this film was released in 1985, Reynolds and Costner worked together over ten years. See more »
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Spielberg disowned his involvement in this (read: 'funding')...it's not hard to see why.
-- Spielberg's camera is a lifeless automaton, it simply records stories. His camera has nothing to do with the story itself... Reynolds' camera is self-aware, acknowledged, and is part of the *visual narrative*: an active participant in the art.
-- Spielberg's only concern is telling stories...this has no real 'story'. Nothing 'happens': it's all about a state of mind.
-- Spielberg deliberately tells everything in the manner of a simpleton's comic book, as neatly laid out storyboards that a mental 10-year old can effortlessly digest...Fandango cannot be described in comic book terms; it is based on the indecipherable chalkboard scrawls of a stoner.
Here we meet the Groovers (the Fab Four), plus one inert member (the 'fifth Beatle') who undertake a journey through moviedom, including "Giant", "Ten Commandments", "Badlands", etc. There's no goal -- the 'goal' ends up being a chance to wink at the audience -- other than the journey itself. It's all about living in the moment, the consequences are never encountered. This is everything that "Stand By Me" is and so much more.
It is visually rooted in constructed memories...note the photographs as bookends. Along the way, Reynolds 'constructs' the war with fireworks and tombstones. This is cinematic eloquence.
It is also self-referential; the 'construction' of the wedding banquet is carried out in precisely the same way as the movie itself was made: with a little help from Reynolds' friends.
The capper is the ceremony and reception dance. The dance is a fandango, but the musical platform is not, it is the gifted Metheny's "It's For You". All of the movie's emotions *visually* swirl and coalesce around the song/dance amalgam and eventually resolve within it...this is beyond mere movie soundtracks: this is a magic carpet ride for the soul. For one minute, a world disappears, and another world constructed just for two takes its place -- a entire world of emotion expressed through the physical action of lovers (a dance, a kiss that almost was, a facial expression of realization), instead of through words. Is the construction 'real', or is it the stuff of dreams? Reynolds lets us decide.
It's a shame the boys went on to give us the execrable "Robin Hood" and the pointlessly outsized "Waterworld". But for one brief instant, they got it oh so right.
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