The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town (2010)

The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town

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In 1975, the album Born To Run transformed Bruce Springsteen from a barnstorming New Jersey rocker with an East Coast cult following to one of rock's most promising new stars. But the success of Born To Run brought Springsteen trouble as well as fame; when money began rolling in, he discovered just how unfair his contract with his then-manager was, leading to a long and difficult legal battle to win back control of his career. And while Springsteen spun tales of street kids in love and in … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts, Documentary
Directed By: ,
On DVD: May 3, 2011
Runtime:
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Critic Reviews for The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town

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Every great album has its own creation myth.

Full Review… | April 21, 2011
Dallas Morning News
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Full Review… | September 18, 2010
Globe and Mail
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Full Review… | September 16, 2010
Hollywood Reporter
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You've got to admire Springsteen's chutzpah in documenting and cataloguing his creative process with a borderline-Kubrickian obsessiveness long before his reputation warranted it...

Full Review… | October 5, 2010
Film Freak Central

Audience Reviews for The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town

To an extent, it's for fans only, but as a Springsteen devotee I find this to be the most interesting phase of the Boss's career: embroiled in a legal battle over the rights to his star-making Born to Run album, Bruce and the band wait on the margins for three long years, prohibited from entering the studio. When the cloud finally lifts, there are about 70 songs in play, whittled down to 10 for the final product.

I liked the discussion of the most known songs and how they captured the goal of the album, as well as the focus on the songs that were left off, but I was a little disappointed that the "deep cuts" weren't talked about more; "Because the Night" gets given away to Patti Smith, "Fire" to the Pointer Sisters, but we never do learn why exactly a song like "Streets of Fire" ends up on the album. Thom Zimny's Boss flicks are always a little hero-worshipping, but like I said, to an extent it's for fans only.

danperry17
Daniel Perry

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Who knew a man who comes off on the surface like a quintessential blue collar rocker is actually a perfectionist with ambitions to make tone poems? I guess he'll prove it all night - for 400 takes.

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