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MIFF review: Locations: Looking for Rusty James

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In 1983, director Francis Ford Coppola unveiled his latest film, “Rumble Fish,” at the New York Film Festival where several walkouts occurred during the screening and the audience booed the movie once the end credits began. Ultimately, the movie was box office disaster after only accumulating $2.5 million domestically. However, a funny thing occurred in a different part of the world. Coppola’s experimental, black-and-white S.E. Hinton film adaptation became a hit in Argentina and sold-out Chile cinema houses like Cine Arte Normadie. As one of the Chileans who fell in love with the movie when he first saw it, director Alberto Fuguet mixes in footage from the film with black-and-white footage of his adventure in Tulsa, Oklahoma to check out the “Rumble Fish” shooting locations. Instead of the usual documentary approach by using talking head footage, the interview subjects’ faces are only heard, but never seen as we hear them talk about how and why the movie affected their lives. Less of a documentary and more like a long-form video, “Locations: Looking for Rusty James” is a love letter to the power of cinema and proving that movies is more than just entertainment; it’s an art form.

Plays at 4 p.m. Saturday at Paragon Grove 13

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