Weltpremiere des Konzertfilms „Western Stars“ auf dem Toronto Film Festival

Am Donnerstag, den 12. September 2019 feierte der Konzertfilm „Western Stars“ seine Weltpremiere auf dem „Toronto International Film Festival“.

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Bruce Springsteen’s Western Stars album, released this summer, contains some of his „most beguiling work ever,“ in the words of Rolling Stone. He’s trying new things musically, recording with a 30-piece orchestra and drawing inspiration from country ballads. The album begs to be heard through cinema speakers for its lush arrangements and storytelling. Even the characters in these songs belong to the movies. („Once I was shot by John Wayne,“ boasts the B actor in the title track.)

Springsteen has only performed the album live once — for a private audience at his farmhouse — and this documentary captures that experience. Standing at centre stage, he’s flanked by an orchestra and his wife, Patti Scialfa. The archetypal character in these songs is a loner seeking redemption in love. In his memoir, Springsteen describes himself in similar terms, with Scialfa as his redeemer. Between songs, he reflects with a poetic rumination that expands on the themes of his Broadway show, „Springsteen on Broadway,“ describing the oppositional pulls of American life between the transient and the communal. One tug is to hit the road; the other is to build a family. After 19 studio albums, he says, „I’m still writing about cars.“

This is the first full-length film to carry Springsteen’s name as director — partnered with his long-time collaborator Thom Zimny. As he turns 70 this fall, Springsteen never stops trying to expand himself artistically. His instincts are unfailing — all the way down to the surprise cover song slipped in at the end.

„Western Stars“ ist Bruce Springsteens 19. Studioalbum.
Das Werk erschien am 14. Juni 2019 und erreichte nicht nur in Deutschland, sondern auch in Australien, Belgien, den Niederlanden, Irland, Italien, Neuseeland, Norwegen, Schottland sowie in Grossbritannien Platz 1 der Charts. In den Vereinigten Staaten war “Western Stars” auf Rang 2 der “Billboard 200 Charts” zu finden.

Im Juni 2019 kündigte Bruce Springsteen die Verfilmung seines Albums an. Regie führte Thom Zimny, der sich bereits für die preisgekrönten Bruce Springsteen Dokumentationen “The Ties That Bind” (2015), “Bruce Springsteen: A Conversation With His Fans” (2011), “The Promise: The Making Of Darkness On The Edge Of Town” (2010), die Konzertfilme “Springsteen on Broadway” (2018), “Born In The USA Live” (2014), “London Calling – Live In Hyde Park” (2010), “Hammersmith Odeon, London ’75” (2005) sowie diverse Bruce Springsteen Videos verantwortlich zeigte. Darüber hinaus ist Bruce Springsteen im Abspann als Co-Regisseur genannt.

„Western Stars – The Movie“ kommt am 25. Oktober 2019 in die amerikanischen Kinos. Wann der 83minütige Konzertfilm in Deutschland zu sehen sein wird, ist derzeit nicht bekannt.

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