Immersed in Blu-ray: Twixt

Francis Ford Coppola’s latest personal experiment, Twixt (Fox Home Ent.), is available on Blu-ray.

After being liberated from the pressures of the commercial film industry as a result of his lucrative wine business, Coppola has been experiencing a creative rebirth, making theatrical  ”student films.” Twixt (“Betwixt dream and reality, success and failure, young and old”) was inspired by the most vivid dream of his life. After drinking too much raki in Istanbul, he dreamed about meeting Edgar Allen Poe in a forest.

Coppola was determined to go on a new cinematic journey but returned to his early horror roots with Roger Corman (Dementia 13), who, of course, also dabbled in wild Poe adaptations.  He shot close to home in Napa and other California locations, accompanied by his granddaughter, Gia, an aspiring filmmaker who made the marvelous Twixt doc on the Blu-ray. And he dabbled with a couple of 3-D sequences, but what excited him was creating a more immersive, live, theatrical experience, going on the road, returning to The Rain People, and rediscovering his joy of moviemaking.

The result is a fascinating horror/black comedy about a burned out writer (Val Kilmer) who investigates bizarre serial murders in a California town with the aid of an old coot of a sheriff (Bruce Dern, drawing on his early, crazy persona), Poe (Ben Chaplin), and a ghostly girl (Ellie Fanning), who leads the writer like a beguiling muse through a forest of his subconscious drained of all colors except red and blue (beautifully shot by Mihai Malaimare, Jr.). The writer must confront his own demons; namely, the shocking death of his child in a boating accident, inspired by the accidental drowning of Coppola’s son Gio, in a speedboat, during the making of Gardens of Stone in ’86. Gio’s daughter, Gia, was subsequently born after her father died.

The mixture of autobiography and dreamscape makes Twixt  Coppola’s version of Fellini’s 8 1/2, Altman’s Three Women, or Kurosawa’s Dreams.  It’s an odd and disturbing reverie well worth checking out.

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Cinematography, Movies, Tech, Trailers, VFX

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