Netflix Deep Cuts – “Not Fade Away” Captures the Earnestness of a Failed Journey to Rock & Roll Stardom

by on September 19, 2014

With thousands of films across every conceivable genre available to you at any given moment, the incomprehensible depth of Netflix can sometimes be a bit overwhelming.  That’s why Perspective Daily offers “Netflix Deep Cuts,” spotlighting those hidden gems you might have missed.  This week, we invite you to queue “Not Fade Away” – the 2012 directorial debut of David Chase, creator of “The Sopranos.”

Though the late James Gandolfini turns in a touching performance as a regret-ridden father, “Not Fade Away” has very little in common with the iconic TV series aside from a shared sense of visual and tonal expertise.  Chase’s 1960s-set story follows the plight of Douglas Damiano (John Magaro), from young love to the discovery of rock & roll and all the forced maturity in between.


Effortlessly capturing the magic and mystery of both creative camaraderie and elusive young love, Chase adds a unique flair to an era often too glossily portrayed in modern cinema.

Fun fact: Though most films allot maybe 1 to 2 percent of productions costs for the music budget, “Not Fade Away” bravely allotted about 10 percent to music supervisor Steven Van Zandt.

Featured Image | Poster for “Not Fade Away”