NICE GIRLS DON’T STAY FOR BREAKFAST

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Bruce Weber, 93'', 2018, USA
Directed by: Bruce Weber
Producer: Nan Bush, Eva Lindemann-Sanchez
Cinematography: Jim Fealy, Lance Acord ,Theodore Stanley, Franklin Stanley, Shane Sigler
Editing: Chad Sipkin
Sound: Tom Fleischman, Richard Q. King
Music: John Leftwich
Cast: Robert Mitchum, John Mitchum, Benicio del Toro, Al Ruddy, Clint Eastwood, Deborah Kerr, John Huston, James Brown, Luciano Pavarotti, Dr. John, Dean Martin, Johnny Depp, Julie London, Marianne Faithfull, Sarah Miles, Liam Neeson

In the late 1990s, photographer and filmmaker Bruce Weber managed to convince Robert Mitchum to appear before his camera for a filmed portrait. When Mitchum passed away in 1997, Weber parked his beloved project and it was some time before he went back into his footage. Mitchum –who had run away from home ten times before he was 15, had been in prison, and was on a chain gang in Georgia–, made over 130 films, mainly as the tough guy in war movies, noir films and westerns. But he was also a great artist, very well read and wrote poetry. Nice Girls Don’t Stay for Breakfast (title from a Julie London song) is not only the portrait of a real bad boy with the soul of a poet, but it is also a film about the aging of a male sex symbol. Through interviews with Bob Mitchum as well as friends and admirers, musical numbers and archival footage, Weber tries to show the struggle of someone who spent his entire life still trying to run away from home.

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