Author Archives: Matt

NEW YORK STORIES (Film, 1989)

Directed by Woody Allen, Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Scorsese Screenplay by Richard Price, Woody Allen, Francis Ford Coppola and Sofia Coppola This may just be me, but when I think of anthology movies I generally think of scary story … Continue reading

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“ARENA BRAINS” (Short Film, 1987)

Directed by Robert Longo Screenplay by Eric Bogosian, E. Max Frye, Robert Longo, Emily Prager and Richard Price Richard Price had his name on two projects released in 1987. One was the short film “Bad,” possibly the most-viewed, highest-profile project … Continue reading

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“BAD” (Short Film, 1987)

Directed by Martin Scorsese Screenplay by Richard Price Michael Jackson’s music videos (or “short films,” as he’d apparently insist you call them) are one of the best arguments out there for the music video as popular art. From the seedy … Continue reading

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STREETS OF GOLD (Film, 1986)

Directed by Joe Roth Story by Dezsö Magyar, screenplay by Heywood Gould and Richard Price and Tom Cole [UPDATE: I asked Richard Price about this film in an interview and am including his response here: …[B]efore the Color of Money … Continue reading

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THE COLOR OF MONEY (Film, 1986)

Directed by Martin Scorsese Screenplay by Richard Price, adapted from the novel by Walter Tevis First, some background: During the writing of his fourth novel, 1983’s The Breaks, Richard Price felt that he “ran out of autobiography.” None of his … Continue reading

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THE BREAKS (Novel, 1983)

The Breaks, Richard Price’s fourth novel, is a long, meandering book about a directionless college grad trying to find himself. It doesn’t have much of a discernible structure and ends without reaching much of a narrative conclusion. Price himself has called it “[t]he … Continue reading

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THE WANDERERS (Film, 1979)

Directed by Philip Kaufman Screenplay by Rose Kaufman and Philip Kaufman, adapted from the novel by Richard Price The film versions of Richard Price’s first two novels, The Wanderers and Bloodbrothers, are like a case study in what makes an … Continue reading

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LADIES’ MAN (Novel, 1978)

Richard Price’s novels can be roughly divided into three phases. The first phase includes 1974’s The Wanderers and 1976’s Bloodbrothers, semi-autobiographical tales of teenage Italians growing up in the Bronx. The most recent phase, made up of 1992’s Clockers and everything he’s put … Continue reading

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BLOODBROTHERS (Film, 1978)

Directed by Robert Mulligan Screenplay by Walter Newman, adapted from the novel by Richard Price Like many novelists turned screenwriters, Richard Price first got involved with Hollywood through a screen adaptation of one of his books–1976’s Bloodbrothers, as it happens. Price … Continue reading

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BLOODBROTHERS (Novel, 1976)

Bloodbrothers, Richard Price’s sophomore novel, might be the most painful reading experience he’s produced (with the possible exception of Freedomland), not because it’s bad–it’s well-written, gripping, feels true to life–but because it’s so God damn sad. That’s a weird thing to point out about … Continue reading

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