Posted to www.marxmail.org on January 10, 2006
The documentary “Overnight” does for the entertainment industry what “Startup.com” did for the dot.com craze of the 1990s. It reveals the self-delusion and grubby ambitions of the principals who show not the slightest inkling that they are doomed to fail.
If you’ve seen “Startup.com,” (co-directed by Jehane Noujaim, who went on to direct the brilliant film on Al-Jazeera titled “The Control Room), you’ll remember how Kaleil Isaza Tuzman would assure his employees that Govworks.com was practically preordained to strike it rich. He and his company eventually crash and burn.
If anything, Troy Duffy is even more of an ego-tripper than Tuzman. He is a transplanted Bostonian who has been working
on a screenplay titled “The Boondock Saints” when he
is not tending bar in
Eventually, he and Weinstein have a falling out and the film
becomes a risky undertaking. Nobody in
Eventually “The Boondock Saints” was produced by a small independent studio but was only released for a brief time in a handful of theaters. “The Brood” also finally made their record, but their contract was terminated when it only sold 695 copies! “Overnight” does note that “The Boondock Saints” has achieved some success as a DVD geared to college students, but an Internet review suggests that they probably must be stoned or drunk to get anything out of it:
“The storyline centers around
Connor McManus (Sean Patrick Flanery) and his
fraternal twin Murphy (Norman Reedus). They are
Irishmen who live in a
In the final scenes of the film, members of Troy Duffy’s entourage are seen working in the same menial jobs they started off in while his bar is being demolished. In the last frame, you see the words of journalist Albert Goldman (author of a memorable book detailing the rise and fall of Elvis Presley, the ultimate symbol of the ambivalence of success in the entertainment world):
“No man is really changed by success. What happens is that success works on a man’s personality like a truth drug, bringing him out of the closet and revealing…what was always inside his head.”
“Overnight” is available at your better video rental stores and on the Internet. It is mordantly fascinating from beginning to end.