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Full Tilt Boogie
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by Chris Parry

"The best 'making of' documentary in frickin' ages."
4 stars

Anyone who has worked on a feature film set will tell you it's a physical and emotional ordeal. Long hours, lots of waiting, then lots of hard graft, waking at 4am, going to sleep at 3am… but it's also a whole lotta fun. Full Tilt Boogie, the documentary on the making of From Dusk Til Dawn is perhaps the first "making of" film that has not only reflected the "summer camp" feel of a film fest, but also got deep into the brains of those people making it happen.

In fact, Full Tilt Boogie is a whole lot more interesting than From Dusk Til Dawn ever was.

Quentin Tarantino is a geek. A big-chinned, pseudo-intellectual, nervous disorder enjoying geek. But he's also an icon. This means he can be a geek and everyone will just cop it and hope he stays their friend.

Robert Rodriguez is a big ol' sell-out. The man behind the illusion that was El Mariachi has since stepped up to remaking Mariachi with Desperado, crapping on celluloid in Four Rooms, and inflicting the masses with a two hour Tommy Hilfiger ad in The Faculty. The man who once used to do everything on set now strums a guitar while being pushed around the set on a dolly.

Lawrence Bender is just a big ol' geek with a best friend that done good.

And Harvey Keitel is an asshole.

And it's all the above that makes Full Tilt Boogie so engrossing. I don't want to see Bernardo Bertolucci making a movie. I don't really care about seeing Jim Jamrusch directing a production. Hal Hartley does great work, but who wants to watch him work? These are great artistes, but their art is more interesting than the men themselves. But with Tarantino, half the intrigue is the man himself. The ego. The unbridled self interest. The fact that he 'borrows' from other films. The fact that he considers himself a good enough actor to star in his films. The fact that he could get Mira Sorvino nekkid. It's all just bewildering.

When Harvey Keitel decides he doesn't want to take part in this documentary, your first thought is "what a dick". But later, when he opens up to the camera and talks… well, drivel… you understand the man. You can see him in any number of films with any number of personas, but it's when you see the real man, here, character free, that you realise he's an unbelievable flake. A goof.

George Clooney, a man you'd happily not see work again after some of his roles recently, shows himself to be, low and behold, a decent, even funny guy. Juliette Lewis sings karaoke. Quentin tries to dance to it.

And Rodriguez just keeps on strumming that gee-tar.

Let's be completely honest here. Full Tilt Boogie is not cinema at it's finest. But as an interesting look inside the minds of those who would be the kings of independent cinema. A scary look, but an interesting one.

Rent it tonight.

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7/03/01 dieter absolutely dire 1 stars
3/13/01 Neal L. Fredericks So-so 3 stars
2/17/01 Len Cleavelin Worth a look for fans of FDTD, or to folks interested in the nitty gritty of film. 3 stars
6/30/00 Marcos Muñoz Vera Fascinating! Finally a documentary about a movie that it's not trying to sell it better! 5 stars
3/20/99 the DUDE Fuck that QT fans it was great all by it's self-rock on QT 5 stars
8/22/98 Mister Whoopee A behind the scenes look at the making of From Dusk Til Dawn. Yeah, for QT fans only. 2 stars
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  31-Jul-1998 (R)
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