EXCLUSIVELY AT THE IFI
Made by Sam Fuller’s daughter, A Fuller Life features 12 chapters in which admirers of the great maverick narrate extracts from his award-winning autobiography, A Third Face. Among the line-up of contributors are Jennifer Beals, Bill Duke, James Franco, Mark Hamill, Wim Wenders and Tim Roth, and all the speakers, keen fans or collaborators, are filmed surrounded by the director’s artefacts, some taking to puffing on the big cigars that were a Fuller trademark.
Along with previously unseen home movie footage, drawings and other materials, there are clips from the magnificent films, with the likes of Park Row (1952) and Underworld USA (1961) used to illustrate Fuller’s time as a newspaper crime reporter, while Fixed Bayonets! (1951) and The Big Red One (1980) show how his experiences in World War II informed his work. This is a warm and inventive tribute to one of the true beacons for independent filmmaking. (Notes by Michael Hayden.)
Please note that this month’s The Hangover Lounge on May 31st presents a pairing of two of director Sam Fuller’s greatest films: Shock Corridor (14.00) and The Naked Kiss (16.00).
Don’t forget we now schedule weekly.
This film finishes its run in the IFI on Thursday May 27th.