As in the first chapter, Tibbetts discusses more than a dozen biopics
with respect to composer involvement, commercial success, use of music, behind the scenes drama and production problems, critical and public reception, and some of the composers' post-movie successes.
There are plenty of other exceptions, and despite our pleading, there are more biopics
in the works.
In terms of promoting an artist's legacy, rock biopics
can be a mixed bag, with some earning widespread critical praise and others drawing harsh criticism for factual inaccuracies.
After mishandling two controversial miniseries biopics
, on Ronald Reagan and Adolf Hitler, CBS apparently can't be too careful.
GAINSBOURG Cert 15, 122mins The legendary French crooner's life is depicted in a slick, stylish and occasionally surreal biopic
that could be mistaken for an extended cigarette advert.
Opening Friday is ``Beyond the Sea,'' a $25 million musical biopic
about the multifaceted crooner's life, directed, produced and starring the two-time Oscar winner.
Look at all the biopics
out right now - 'Ray,' 'Kinsey,' Bobby Darin ('Beyond the Sea').
The Motorcycle Diaries'' probably will soon have company in the ranks of Guevara biopics
It manages somehow to hit most if not all of the standard cliches of the traditional Hollywood biopic
- convoluted flashbacks depicting the troubled childhood (his bickering parents are clearly offered as the inspiration for Gleason's crowning achievement, ``The Honeymooners'') and subsequently equally tormented marriage.
The film, directed by Joseph Sargent (``The Taking of Pelham One Two Three'') and written by Richard Wesley and Robert Johnson, strives to meld biopic
conventions with a polemic on the shabby treatment artists of color endured from Hollywood.
go, ``Livin' for Love: The Natalie Cole Story'' is an uncommonly naked one and, for Cole herself, who executive-produced the movie and appears in it, it must represent a virtually purgative experience.
This is all you need to know to understand that this movie is a specious piece of nonsense; it is distressing, nonetheless, to realize that becoming World Champion still can't protect one from such crummy, cynical and assaultive biopics