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Bob Rafelson

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Born: February 21, 1933 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: Director ...


"There's nothing on MTV that the Monkees didn't do years ago." --Bob Rafelson in AMERICAN FILM, February 1990

As for getting fired from "Brubaker, Rafelson admits he lost his temper: "[A 20th Century Fox executive] wanted to have a meeting with me, and when I said, 'About what?' he said about my career. I didn't think I needed career tutelage at that moment in time. And I had never met the man before, either. He was just an intruder. I was ill-prepared to deal with studio mechanisms at that point. I had never done it before." --Rafelson to INTERVIEW, 1990

"'Head' is now some sort of strange cult masterpiece. Some guy from China, a well-known director came up to me and said, '"Head" No 1 film!' I couldn't believe they allowed it to be seen in China." --Bob Rafelson quoted in TIME OUT NEW YORK, February 20-27, 1997

"A long time ago, when Jack [Nicholson] and I were writing my first picture, 'Head', together, he was an out-of-work actor, disenchanted with his prospects. He hadn't done anything other than his B roles in Roger Corman movies. And I said, 'Why don't we do my next picture with you as the star?' And he said, 'No, no, no, people have tried, and fuck it, I'm gonna go and do something else--write, direct . . .' I said, 'I think I'll just do ten films with you, Jack, and we'll do them every couple of years, and I'll just do different phases of myself, of yourself. It'll be the first time anybody's done it.' In 'Five Easy Pieces', he's the son, in 'King of Marvin Gardens', he's the brother. And maybe ten, twelve years ago, we started talking about doing a movie in which he would play a father. This ['Blood and Wine'] is the last of a trilogy about dysfuntional families." --Rafelson to PREMIERE, February 1997

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