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Blaze

Ethan Hawke
USA 2017
128min
V'18

Blaze Foley war ein genialer Country-Songwriter, aber auch ein beinahe ebenso genialer Selbstzerstörer: Alkohol, Drogen, Raufhändel, eine katastrophal entgleisende Ehe; 1989, im Alter von 39 Jahren, nimmt er schließlich das absehbar schlimme Ende. Ethan Hawke startet sein Biopic gleich mit einer Gewaltszene im Tonstudio, wo Blaze völlig durchdreht. Danach geht es kreuz und quer durch die Lebensgeschichte, mit viel Gespür für Tonfälle und pastos ausgemalte Musikermilieus. Aus den raffiniert collagierten Fragmenten formt sich das Bild eines Renaissancemenschen, der sein Lebensgefühl in einem Song zum Ausdruck brachte: „Cold Cold World“. (Thomas Mießgang)

 

Ethan Hawke’s BLAZE is a lyrical, meandering portrait of a life that was short and raucous. Recounting the story of hard-living, larger-than-life country musician Blaze Foley – a.k.a. Michael Fuller, a.k.a. Deputy Dawg – BLAZE is a film full of memories and memories-within-memories. Through a vivid lead performance by newcomer Ben Dickey, the film tracks the legendary singer’s path through back roads and honky-tonks with plenty of Blaze’s own characteristic blend of dirty jokes, tall tales, and country-and-western folklore along the way. And then there’s the songs: uncannily performed by Dickey as well as Texas musician Charlie Sexton – who inhabits the ghostly persona of another doomed country great: Townes Van Zandt – the film’s soundtrack spin its own yarns of regret and heartbreak. Central to these Blaze’s bittersweet romance with Sybil Rosen (Arrested Development’s Alia Shawkat), who follows him from a small shack in the idyllic Texas wilds to seek fame along the slow road to Austin. Co-written by Hawke and Rosen herself, BLAZE is a tender and melancholy rumination on that classic dilemma of country music: the choice between home and the road. (Leo Goldsmith)

Credits
  • Richard Linklater
  • Sam Rockwell - Jimmy
  • Benjamin Dickey - Foley
  • Alia Shawkat - Sybil
  • Charlie Sexton - Townes Van Zandt
  • Kris Kristofferson - Vater
  • Ethan Hawke
  • Sybil Rosen
  • Steve Cosens
  • Jason Gourson
  • Danielle Dyar
  • Lee Kyle
Ansgar Media, Cinetic Media, Village Studios

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