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Last Days

Last Days

Category: 19
All Genres: Music, Drama
Release Year: 2005
Country: USA
Runtime: 97
Rating: (0)
Languages: English
Director: Gus Van Sant
Sound: Dolby Digital

  • Rock and roll will never die.

  • Writing by: Gus Van Sant – (written by)

    Produced by: Jay Hernandez – associate producer
    Dany Wolf – producer

    Cast: Michael Pitt – Blake
    Lukas Haas – Luke
    Asia Argento – Asia
    Scott Patrick Green – Scott (as Scott Green)
    Nicole Vicius – Nicole
    Ricky Jay – Detective
    Ryan Orion – Donovan
    Harmony Korine – Guy in Club
    Rodrigo Lopresti – Band in Club (as The Hermitt)
    Kim Gordon – Record Executive
    Adam Friberg – Elder Friberg #1

    Music: Rodrigo Lopresti
    Official Website: Visit Website

    Plot Outline: A Seattle-set rock & roll drama about a musician whose life and career is reminiscent of Kurt Cobain's.
    Plot: Introspective artist Blake is buckling under the weight of fame, professional obligations and a mounting feeling of isolation. Dwarfed by towering trees, Blake slowly makes his way through dense woods. He scrambles down an embankment to a fresh spring and undresses for a short swim. The next morning he returns to his house, an elegant, if neglected, stone mansion. Many people are looking for Blake–his friends, his managers and record label, even a private detective–but he does not want to be found. In the haze of his final hours, Blake will spend most his time by himself. He avoids the people who are living in his house, who approach him only when they want something, be it money or help with a song. He hides from one concerned friend and turns away another. He visits politely with a stranger from the Yellow Pages sales department, and he ducks into an underground rock club. He wanders through the woods and he plays a new song, one last rock and roll blowout. Finally, alone in the greenhouse, Blake will look and listen–and seek release.

    Movie Quotes: Blake: You know, it's kinda like… Success is subjective, you know. It could be an opinion.

    Crazy Credits: We know about 1 Crazy Credits. One of them reads:
    The Director extends his deepest gratitude to Steven Newman of Columbus Circle Cab Company, NYC, for allowing two weeks use of an empty building and tolerating the two years that followed. Thank you.

    Goofs: We know about 1 goofs. Here comes one of them:
    Factual errors: One of the LDS missionaries that visits the house is wearing a light blue shirt. LDS missionaries are only permitted to wear non-decorative white shirts with dark pants/suits, and a conservative tie. The missionaries also carried no pamphlets, visual aids, appointment books, or their own complete sets of scriptures, which is highly unlikely for door-to-door proselytizing.

    Trivia: There are 6 entries in the trivia list – like these:

    • Seven years before production, 14-year-old Holger Thaarup of Denmark was originally cast as the lead, Blake. He didn't speak any English and Gus Van Sant intended the role to be silent; Van Sant then met 17-year-old Michael Pitt and cast him instead.
    • The song “Last Days” which is mumbled by Michael Pitt was written by Pitt himself.
    • The “long dolly shot” in which the camera slowly pulls away from the window while Blake plays inside took seven takes to successfully complete. As the crew only had three pieces of dolly track, crew members had to take track from the front and run it around to the back while the dolly moved backward.

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