A Scene From Francis Ford Coppola’s Cinematic Masterstroke
Rumble Fish, 1983


To those that noticed the silence here at Voices, thank you (Bree) for your love and support (Pascale) and for hanging in there while I get up and running again.

Don’t usually get too personal here but…

My wife and I…

Well, my wife gave birth to our first daughter in April.

You can track the silence directly to the minute she was born.

Spare time is not as easy to get hold of nowadays.

Guiding this new soul into the world, teaching her how to use her body, how to communicate, watching with absolute shock and love when she smiles, laughs, notices something for the first time and her eyes go big…

They were right.

You love her like you’ve loved nothing else before.

I’m a big kid, like…seriously…so this has been a trip.

We put it off for years, but the stars aligned and my Mom and my Pop were whispering to me:

”Wes…It’s time.”

It’s been mind-blowing and life-altering and hard and beautiful


Moving On…

That’s where we’ve been.

But my God, I’ve missed this.

Francis Ford Coppola’s
“Rumble Fish”

I’ve been particularly tuned into this movie lately.

For the last 25 years…

It’s always with me.

In my mind. It altered me when I first saw it at 11 or 12. Black and white, R rated, dangerous and brutal, confusing and yet …not.

I take photographs. Have for 12 years now.

This film is one of the reasons why.

You can see them here if you want:

Wes Candela Photography


Wes Candela Photography A Selection Of Photographs By Photographer Wes Candela. New York City Urban Photography, Yosemite National State Park Black and White Landscapes, Weddings, Candid Moments…Fine Digital Photography For Over A Decade.

This film, along with many cinematographers and photographers, played a massive part in introducing me to what was possible when capturing life around you.

Rumble Fish – Wikipedia

Coppola wrote the screenplay for the film with Hinton on his days off from shooting The Outsiders . He made the films back to back, retaining much of the same cast and crew. The film is notable for its avant-garde style with a film noir feel, shot on stark high-contrast black-and-white film, using the spherical cinematographic process with allusions to French New Wave cinema and German Expressionism.

Coppola, fresh off of The Outsiders stayed in Tulsa, Oklahoma  Took six weeks off and started Rumble Fish.

If The Outsiders was for a younger audience, Rumble Fish was for the older kids, an Arthouse, avant-garde film cinephiles.

Stephen H. Burum Was the director of photography on this film.

The cinematographer on Outsiders also, his credits include some of my favorite films.

That’s naming a few. He and Coppola had a field day here and it’s evident in every frame.

Experimentation. The Lighting, The Shadows. The images and overall feel of the film…

It’s photographed in such a way that it is a timeless movie.

The clouds…
The landscapes smoke in mid-day.

The atmosphere, a photographers dream shoot.

A visually poetic statement.

Hard at first glance, look deeper and you see everyone in the film is vulnerable, scared…looking to break out of what they are. In a wasteland, ruled by time (All the clocks…).

The photography inspired me deeply.


My God.
Changed how I saw the sky.

The movie is about Rusty James played by Matt Dillon.

He misses what he grew up watching, his big brother, the mythical “Motorcycle Boy”, played by a young Mickey Rourke, and the camaraderie of street gangs that are no more.

His brother vanishes one day and leaves town. Rusty James can’t get away from his brother’s reputation and he likes it that way, but he misunderstands everything The Motorcycle Boy stood for.

He spends his time with the soldiers of his gang, Christopher Penn, Nicholas Cage and Vincent Spano.

His girlfriend is once again the Beautiful Diane Lane.

Lawrence Fishburne, Coppola alumni from Apocalypse Now, Is the man with his ear to the ground.

When the film opens we find out that Biff Wilcox Is looking for Rusty James and wants to kill him.

A challenge has been set for that night under the overpass by the train in the neighborhood.

This all excites Rusty James.

And this is the scene, take it in but I implore you… Watch Rumble Fish.

The music was composed by the drummer for The Police, Stewart Copeland.

This is the second of two novels by author S.E.Hinton that Francis Ford Coppola will tackle.

Criterion just put out a new Blu-ray of the film finally after all these years.
Restored and cleaned up in Criterion fashion…

This is a beautiful Blu-ray, you can purchase at the jump below:

Rumble Fish

In this deeply personal tale of estrangement and reconciliation between two rebellious brothers, set in a dreamlike and timeless Tulsa, Francis Ford Coppola gives mythic dimensions to intimate, painful emotions. The director’s “art film for teenagers” was his second adaptation of young-adult novelist S. E.

I’ll talk to you soon, thanks for stopping by and reading.

Here’s the Video…

Rumble Fish: The Motorcycle Boy Returns

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