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Bruce Weber – Nice Girls Don’t Stay for Breakfast #Venezia75

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When Bruce Weber meets Robert Mitchum.

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PODCAST| Ilaria Gomarasca interviews Bruce Weber, director of the film Nice Girls Don’t Stay for Breakfast.

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Bruce Weber introduces us behind the scenes of his last work, presented at Venice Classics.

Nice Girls Don’t Stay for Breakfast: In the late 1990s, iconic photographer Bruce Weber managed to convince Robert Mitchum to appear before his camera for a filmed portrait. Weber shot Mitchum in 35mm and 16mm black and white, hanging with friends and cronies in restaurants and hotel rooms and singing before a microphone at Capitol Records, recording standards for a projected album. When Mitchum passed away in 1997, Weber parked his beloved project and it was some time before he went back into his footage, picked up the camera again to continue, and complete, his tribute to Mitchum.
Nice Girls Don’t Stay for Breakfast is a beautifully textured full-throttle portrait of a man who came from—and for many was the very embodiment of—a bygone era, speaking and enacting its prejudices, its longings, and its charms. Robert Mitchum, Hollywood’s original “bad boy” was a great artist with the sensibility of a poet.

  • Reporter
    Ilaria Gomarasca
  • Guest
    Bruce Weber
  • Interviewee role
    Director
  • Film title
    Nice Girls Don’t Stay for Breakfast
  • Festival section
    Venice Classics
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