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STEVE NEAVE ON FILM: ROCKY (1976)

by Matthew Seitz
July 4, 2011 5:56 AM
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STEVE NEAVE ON FILM: ROCKY (1976) (HIGH QUALITY) from Matt Zoller Seitz on Vimeo.



This is the first entry in a regular feature at PressPlay featuring Stephen T. Neave, an actor-writer-filmmaker born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. I've been friends with Stephen -- or Steve, as he'll be referred to in the title, because it looks cooler, all rhyme-y and such -- for 10 years now.

We met on the set of a low-budget movie I was producing. He was working on the lighting crew, one face among may, and he saw fit to pull me aside and politely suggest various ways in which the production could run more smoothly. I listened to him talk about lighting, framing and filmmaking, and then the conversation veered away from practical matters. We started name-checking the various films we'd seen recently, arguing their merits and flaws, and after I while I realized that ten minutes had passed and I'd totally forgotten that I was supposed to be producing a movie.

"Are you working on anything else after this?" he asked me. I said yes. He said, "Well, I got some things I'm working on, too. Tell you what. I'll help you with your things, you help me with my things, and that's how it'll be."

He held out his hand. I shook it. We've been working together ever since.

Steve and I wrote, shot and edited this piece together. It's partly about the original "Rocky," his favorite movie of all time. But it's also sort of a stealth documentary about my friendship with this six-foot-five Bay Ridge wiseacre with the omnivorous taste in film -- what it's like to just hang out with him, talking about movies and life and how one reflects the other. We plan to do more of these. I hang out with the guy enough, I figure I might as well roll video and share that extraordinary energy.

Happy Fourth of July, and happy summer. Yo, Adrian!

--Matt Zoller Seitz

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3 Comments

  • Jason Bellamy | July 10, 2011 2:53 AMReply

    Fucking great. This totally nails it. Why keep calling it a love story? Because it is. (Later Rocky pictures were love stories too ... but of Sly with himself.)

  • Steven Boone | July 5, 2011 6:59 AMReply

    I adore this video. This is all I want out of the movies, a reminder of what we are doing out here.

    Youngbloods will say, "Oh, it was a simple movie for a simpler time." Pffttt. No decade was as insane and complicated as the 1970's. The crazier the times, the more we need a movie that remembers the basics of life. And in a time of antiseptic, meaningless perfectionism, we need more diamonds in the rough like this video.

  • Alexia M | July 5, 2011 2:46 AMReply

    You stole J's hat.

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