Death of Bob Rafelson, central figure of the new Hollywood and director of Five Easy Pieces

Jack Nicholson and Jessica Lange in The Postman Always Rings Twice.

Bob Rafelson, an eminent figure in American civilization, has died at his home in Aspen, Colorado, at the age of 89. Rafelson was twice nominated for a Corporation Award (currency and direction) in 1971 for Five Easy Pieces, a road movie about a pianist who made his fortune with Jack Nicholson and found success through further appearances in various projects. 1960s period. Monkees, a popular television series about a Beatles-inspired musical quartet, was his other great creative tale at the time. In 1967, he won an Emmy. Singer Mike Dolenz, one of the four protagonists of this production, lamented Rafelson’s murder on his social networks.

2) It can’t be wrong to suggest that I got the role and it completely changed my life. Sadly Bob passed away last night, but I was able to send him a message telling him how infinitely grateful I am that he spent so little on me.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart, my friend.

— Micky Dolenz (@TheMickyDolenz1) July 24, 2022

Although Five Easy Pieces was the film that launched her, her debut came in 1968 with the subversive Head. In 1965, with another partner, he founded the production company Raybert, which would later be responsible for the success of Easy Ryder (1969). Raybert completed eight projects in its seven-year run, but his mark left a feeling that things could be done differently in Hollywood. In 1981 he made The Postman Always Clarity twice, with David Mamet’s striking motto and again with Nicholson. The film also marked the reboot of Jessica Lange’s career, which had been stagnating since her impressive debut in King Kong.

Jack Nicholson and Jessica Lange in The Postman Always Clarity Twice.

“I would rather do something else with my life than stay in Hollywood. There are also other reasons, namely, that most of my films are independent productions and that it is very difficult to find funding. I wouldn’t mind if the big studios ask me for projects, but I can’t, maybe because I have a little problem”, he confesses at the San Sebastian Festival, which he opens in 1996 to explain his inadequacy as a production manager and the fact that he was almost always under the radar, he presented Blood and Wine, a thriller, always with Nicholson in front of the camera and present with his big themes (the Latin American man, social and family relationships, desires…).

His last film was No Good Deed (2002), a neo noir based on a story by Dashiell Hammett. But Rafelson had fulfilled his role many years ago and, close to his partners, had shown that another Hollywood was possible.

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