April 19, 2014

Bruce Springsteen documentary about “Darkness” sounds more than promising

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: One film on my “Must See” list for the Toronto International Film Festival this year is “The Promise,” Thom Powers’ documentary about the making of Bruce Springsteen’s classic rock album “Darkness on the Edge of Town.”

I’m not even a big Bruce fan, though I’ve enjoyed a bunch of his songs and have seen him in concert a few times. I’m an admitted documentary fan, and I especially like films that dive into the creative process, whether it’s of musicians, writers or filmmakers. And from what I’m hearing, Powers’ film really dissects the collaborations that went into making “Darkness.”

I’m also hearing “The Promise” is light on concert footage, which is just fine. I’d rather see exclusive shots of The Boss in the studio, and not on the stage … which you can get on VH1 Classics or Palladium any night of the week.

Rolling Stone has a few more details about “Promise,” including a rumor that Edward Norton might interview Springsteen as part of TIFF (though that’s unconfirmed). I’ll bring you more on “Promise” once I get to Toronto. I promise.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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2 Comments

  • August 13, 2010 | Permalink |

    With the much-anticipated release of a commemorative box set for Darkness on the Edge of Town slated for this October, Bruce Springsteen’s classic record is getting renewed attention in the music world. Details on the project are scarce; however, in a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Steven Van Zandt mentioned that about 10 unreleased songs will be included in the box set. Fans are surely hungry for any and all material they can get from the 1978 recording sessions and subsequent tour.

    For our own preview of what’s to come, we contacted Dick Wingate, who was intimately involved in the launch and marketing of the album and tour. He offers an insider’s view of what the Darkness era meant to Bruce and the band, while painting an often-humorous behind-the-scenes account of some of the tour’s highlights.

    Enjoy, and be certain to check out the book The Light in Darkness, which one fan said, “… would also make a great companion piece to the much anticipated commemorative Darkness box set…”

  • brenda
    August 22, 2010 | Permalink |

    where can I find this book on Darknesss, I have tried to find it on Amaozn and Barnes and Noble, but no luck, can anyone help me out?

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