8 Notes from the Most Stylish Film We Saw This Week
In the ’60s, Sopranos creator David Chase was the worst kind of suburban brat: he played drums in a basement rock band in suburban New Jersey. While his musical aspirations never really took off (“We were so good, we never left the basement”), Chase turned his recollections of the era into his first full-length movie, Not Fade Away, which screened last week at the New York Film Festival.
In the movie, a Dylan-esque college kid named Doug (newcomer John Magaro) forms a band with some high school friends. Sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll ensue. Unfortunately, Not Fade Away doesn’t bring much of anything new to the (already cluttered) table of coming-of-age films. Fortunately, it’s still full of lots of our favorite things: mod-ish girls in Pucci dresses. Curmudgeonly fathers. Shaggy-haired band members smoking makeshift bongs in bathrooms. All in some really great ’60s clothes.
Ahead: our 8 favorite moments in Not Fade Away…
1) Paisley print, everywhere.
Shirts, ties, dresses.
2) Cuban heels.
Chain-smoking James Gandolfini to his son, Doug: “You’re wearing high heels.”
Doug: “They’re Cuban heels.”
Dad: “Why don’t you go to Cuba then?”
Doug: “This has nothing to do with Castro.”
Dad: “You and I, we’re going to tangle, my friend.”
3) Chain-smoking James Gandolfini, stuffed into a cardigan.
The kind that say, “He’s the medieval Persian poetry adjunct professor at Harvard.”
5) Cut your hair, hippie.
Doug’s Dylan-like Afro sparks endless taunts from his dad. “He looks like he just got off the boat at Ellis Island.”
6) Girls in Pucci dresses.
Mods chilling by the pool at summer barbeques with parents.
7) White socks and penny loafers.
Beatles greaser look. What everyone wore while smoking weed in the bathroom.
8) Little Steve’s playlist.
Remember Silvio on The Sopranos? He was this film’s music supervisor. He chose all the songs, wrote a couple originals and even taught all the actors how to play instruments in three months, in his studio. Presumably under the gun.
- — Michelle Ong