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Bob Rafelson is a Actor, Director, Scriptwriter and Producer American born on 21 february 1933 at New York City (USA)

Bob Rafelson

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Birth name Robert Jay Rafelson
Nationality USA
Birth 21 february 1933 (87 years) at New York City (USA)

Robert Rafelson (born February 21, 1933) — known as Bob Rafelson — is an Emmy Award-winning American film director, writer and producer. He was an early member of the New Hollywood movement in the 1970s and is most famous for directing and co-writing the film Five Easy Pieces, starring Jack Nicholson, as well as being one of the creators of the pop group and TV series, The Monkees with Raybert/BBS Productions partner Bert Schneider. His first wife was the Production Designer Toby Carr Rafelson. His son is songwriter Peter Rafelson, who co-wrote the hit song Open Your Heart for Madonna.

Biography

Origines familiales et début de carrière à la télévision
Bob Rafelson est issu d'une famille aisée qui habite Riverside Drive à New York. Son père est fabricant de chapeaux et il a un frère ainé, Donald. La mère de Bob Rafelson est alcoolique et est dotée d'une personnalité manipulatrice. Bob Rafelson fréquente dans son enfance une école privée.

Bob Rafelson est destiné, sans en avoir aucune envie, à reprendre l'entreprise de son père. Il fait ses études dans les années 1950 au Dartmouth College et se marie avec Toby Carr qu'il connait depuis l'adolescence puis s'installe avec elle à New York. Il commence à travailler pour la télévision, où il adapte des classiques théâtraux pour l'émission Play of The Week sur Channel 13. Le couple part s'installer en 1962 à Los Angeles. Ils ont deux enfants, Peter, né à New York, et Julie, qui nait en Californie.

Bob Rafelson travaille alors pour la filiale télévision d'Universal où il s'occupe d'une émission appelée Channing. Une violente dispute avec le producteur Lew Wasserman à propos du choix d'un acteur (Wasserman ne veut pas qu'il engage l'acteur Michael Parks car il a des boutons) met fin à sa carrière télévisuelle.


Débuts comme producteur et réalisateur

Ami avec Bert Schneider, qui travaille à la Columbia, il le convainc de démissionner pour monter avec lui en 1965 une société de production, Raybert Productions , qui deviendra, lorsqu'il s'associeront avec Steve Blauner , BBS, une des société les plus influentes artistiquement sur le cinéma américain des années 1970.

Bob Rafelson passe à la réalisation en ayant l'idée d'une série qui s'inspire du film des Beatles A Hard Day's Night. Un groupe est recruté, The Monkees, « un ersatz de Beatles » et la série The Monkees, où Rafelson apprend la réalisation « sur le tas » remporte un grand succès. Si cette série lui permet de gagner beaucoup d'argent, au bout de deux ans, le succès commence à s'essouffler : l'arrivée de la contre-culture, d'artistes comme Jimi Hendrix ou Janis Joplin, les mouvements politiques de l'époque ringardisent les Monkees, leurs disques se vendent moins bien

Bob Rafelson éprouve le besoin de se détacher de cette série qu'il trouve trop commerciale. Selon son épouse Toby Rafelson, il est important pour lui de donner l'image d'une homme en phase avec son époque. Il veut réaliser un film qui montre « le côté farce, escroquerie » de ce groupe. Il s'agira du film Head, influencé à la fois par la Nouvelle Vague et par le film Huit et demi. Il est écrit par son ami Jack Nicholson qui est à l'époque un acteur dont la carrière est en panne. Ce sera la première de leurs collaborations, Nicholson, cette fois comme acteur, participera à cinq des films de Bob Rafelson. Trop compliqué, le film est trop recherché pour les fans de Monkees, tandis que les cinéphiles n'ont pas envie d'aller voir un long métrage sur ce groupe de musique commercial : c'est un échec public.


Suite de sa carrière

Best films

Easy Rider (1969)
(Producer)
Brubaker (1980)
(Director)
The Last Picture Show (1971)
(Producer)
The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981)
(Director)

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Filmography of Bob Rafelson (20 films)

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Actor

We Blew It
We Blew It (2017)
, 2h17
Directed by Jean-Baptiste Thoret
Origin France
Genres Documentary
Actors Ronee Blakley, Peter Bogdanovich, Charles Burnett, Tobe Hooper, Peter Hyams, Jeff Lieberman
Roles Himself
Rating52% 2.6376452.6376452.6376452.6376452.637645
Jean-Baptiste Thoret revient sur les utopies des années 1960 et 1970 pour comprendre comment l'Amérique est passée d'Easy Rider à Donald Trump.
No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo & Vilmos, 1h44
Origin USA
Genres Documentary
Themes Documentary films about business, Documentary films about the visual arts, Documentary films about the film industry, Documentaire sur une personnalité
Actors Dennis Hopper, Peter Bogdanovich, Sharon Stone, Karen Black, Peter Fonda, Bob Rafelson
Roles Himself
Rating77% 3.8584753.8584753.8584753.8584753.858475
This documentary traces the careers of cinematographers László Kovács and Vilmos Zsigmond. These lifelong friends are Hungarian expatriates who had been studying cinematography in Hungary and defected following the 1956 Soviet invasion. Coincidentally, they also photographed many of the tumultuous events during the invasion.
Leaving Las Vegas, 1h51
Directed by Mike Figgis
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Romance
Themes Films about alcoholism, Films about films, Medical-themed films, Films about drugs, Films about sexuality, Films about suicide, Erotic films, Films about prostitution, Mise en scène d'un scénariste, Erotic thriller films
Actors Nicolas Cage, Elisabeth Shue, Julian Sands, Valeria Golino, Richard Lewis, Steven Weber
Roles Man At Mall
Rating74% 3.7488453.7488453.7488453.7488453.748845
Ben Sanderson (Cage) is a Hollywood screenwriter whose alcoholism costs him his job, family, and friends. With nothing left to live for, he moves to Las Vegas to drink himself to death. As he drives drunkenly down the Las Vegas Strip, he nearly hits a woman, Sera (Shue), on the crosswalk. Sera chastises him and walks away. Sera is a prostitute working for an abusive pimp, Yuri Butso (Julian Sands), a Latvian immigrant. Polish mobsters are after Yuri, so he breaks his relationship with Sera in fear that the Poles may hurt her. Yuri is murdered (off-screen) shortly afterwards.
Mora
Mora (1982)
, 1h30
Directed by Léon Desclozeaux
Origin France
Genres Thriller
Actors Philippe Léotard, Patrick Jean Marie Bouchitté, Ariel Besse, Stefania Casini, Bob Rafelson, Daniel Berlioux
Roles le gangster
Rating56% 2.833242.833242.833242.833242.83324
En Amérique du Sud, Mora, un photographe, est témoin d'un meurtre commis en pleine rue. Son premier réflexe est de photographier toute la scène en cachette. Il retrouve un peu plus tard dans la nuit son ami Carrère, dont celui-ci tente de récupérer les prises, face au refus de Mora. Le lendemain, Christina lui apprend que Carrère a été arrêté et assassiné. En rentrent chez lui, il découvre Aline morte, la fille d'un de ses amis. Il apprend par ailleurs que sa propre vie est en jeu.
Stay Hungry, 1h42
Directed by Bob Rafelson
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romantic comedy
Themes Sports films
Actors Jeff Bridges, Sally Field, Arnold Schwarzenegger, R.G. Armstrong, Scatman Crothers, Robert Englund
Roles Man on Sidewalk with Painting (uncredited)
Rating56% 2.8021552.8021552.8021552.8021552.802155
Craig Blake (Jeff Bridges) is a young Southern man born of a wealthy family, but left lonely and idle after his parents died in a plane crash. He is content to spend his time fishing, hunting and puttering around his large family mansion, inhabited only by himself and a butler (Scatman Crothers). Blake's "job" is a sinecure working at a shady investment firm run by a slick con artist named Jabo (Joe Spinell) and he does very little actual work. But since he has to have his name "on paper" somehow as an employee, he is asked to personally transact the purchasing of a small gym that the real estate firm is buying in order to clear space for an office high-rise.

Director

No Good Deed, 1h37
Directed by Bob Rafelson
Origin German
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Crime
Themes Heist films, Gangster films, Escroquerie
Actors Samuel L. Jackson, Milla Jovovich, Stellan Skarsgård, Doug Hutchison, Joss Ackland, Grace Zabriskie
Rating54% 2.749582.749582.749582.749582.74958
Jack Friar (Samuel L. Jackson) is shown practicing Johannes Brahms' Trio #1 in B Major, Op.8 and injecting himself with insulin. His neighbor arrives and begs him to retrieve her daughter, who has been staying with her disreputable boyfriend on Turk Street. Friar protests that he is just a grand theft auto cop, and she needs to report the case to missing persons.
Poodle Springs, 1h40
Directed by Bob Rafelson
Origin USA
Genres Noir, Crime
Actors James Caan, Dina Meyer, David Keith, Tom Bower, Joe Don Baker, Michael Laskin
Rating61% 3.0526453.0526453.0526453.0526453.052645
In 1963, an aging Philip Marlowe (James Caan) is newly married to young socialite Laura Parker (Dina Meyer). The private investigator leaves his Los Angeles apartment behind and sets up a new base of operations in Poodle Springs, an upscale community in the desert a couple hours from L.A. (a parody of Palm Springs), where he and his wife intend to live.
Blood and Wine, 1h41
Directed by Bob Rafelson
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Crime
Themes Heist films, Children's films, Gangster films, Escroquerie
Actors Jack Nicholson, Stephen Dorff, Jennifer Lopez, Judy Davis, Michael Caine, Harold Perrineau, Jr.
Rating59% 2.999142.999142.999142.999142.99914
Alex Gates is a wealthy wine merchant who has distanced himself from his alcoholic wife Suzanne with his philandering, and from his stepson Jason with his indifference. Alex is heavily in debt, and cases the house of his clients, the Reese family. After he steals a valuable diamond necklace with the help of his Cuban mistress Gabriela and his safe-cracker partner Victor, things start to fall apart fast.
Man Trouble, 1h36
Directed by Bob Rafelson
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Themes Children's films
Actors Jack Nicholson, Ellen Barkin, Harry Dean Stanton, Beverly D'Angelo, Michael McKean, Saul Rubinek
Rating47% 2.3546152.3546152.3546152.3546152.354615
Harry Bliss (Nicholson) runs a guard dog service and is going through counseling with his wife, Adele (Lauren Tom). A serial killer is on the loose in Los Angeles, so when the apartment of classical singer Joan Spruance (Barkin) is ransacked and she starts receiving threatening phone messages, Joan moves into the Hollywood Hills home of her sister, Andy (D'Angelo).
Mountains of the Moon, 2h16
Directed by Bob Rafelson
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Action, Adventure, Historical
Themes Films set in Africa
Actors Patrick Bergin, Iain Glen, Richard E. Grant, Fiona Shaw, Roshan Seth, John Savident
Rating71% 3.5964053.5964053.5964053.5964053.596405
Exploratory adventures of 1857, Sir Richard Burton (Patrick Bergin) and John Henning Speke (Iain Glen), try to discover the true source of the Nile river.
Black Widow, 1h40
Directed by Bob Rafelson
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Crime
Themes Medical-themed films, Seafaring films, Transport films, Serial killer films, Films about psychiatry, Children's films
Actors Debra Winger, Theresa Russell, Sami Frey, Dennis Hopper, Rutanya Alda, Terry O'Quinn
Rating62% 3.149333.149333.149333.149333.14933
The story centers on two women. Catherine (Theresa Russell) is a psychopathic femme fatale whose true name and motivation are never known. She preys on wealthy middle-aged men, seducing them into marriage and then fatally poisoning them. Each death is misdiagnosed as Ondine's curse, a condition by which seemingly healthy middle-aged men die in their sleep. Justice Department agent Alexandra "Alex" Barnes (Debra Winger) stumbles onto the first murder while investigating another case. As Alex delves further into the case, she uncovers a pattern which she believes ties the same woman to several similar murders.
The Postman Always Rings Twice, 2h2
Directed by Bob Rafelson
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime, Romance
Themes Cooking films, Films about sexuality
Actors Jack Nicholson, Jessica Lange, Michael Lerner, Anjelica Huston, William Traylor, Christopher Lloyd
Rating65% 3.299183.299183.299183.299183.29918
Frank Chambers (Jack Nicholson), a drifter, stops at a rural California diner for a meal, and ends up working there. The diner is operated by a young, beautiful woman, Cora Smith (Jessica Lange), and her much older husband, Nick Papadakis (John Colicos), who is an immigrant from Greece. Frank and Cora start to have an affair soon after they meet. Cora is tired of her situation, married to a man she does not love, and working at a diner that she wishes to own and improve. She and Frank scheme to murder Nick in order to start a new life together without her losing the diner. Their first attempt at the murder is a failure, but they eventually succeed.
Brubaker
Brubaker (1980)
, 2h12
Directed by Bob Rafelson, Stuart Rosenberg
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Crime
Themes Prison films
Actors Robert Redford, Yaphet Kotto, Jane Alexander, Morgan Freeman, David Keith, Everett McGill
Rating71% 3.59863.59863.59863.59863.5986
In 1969 a mysterious man (Robert Redford) arrives at Wakefield State Prison in Arkansas. As an inmate, he immediately witnesses rampant abuse and corruption, including open and endemic sexual assault, torture, worm-ridden diseased food, insurance fraud and a doctor charging inmates for care. Brubaker eventually reveals himself—during a dramatic standoff involving a deranged prisoner who was being held in solitary confinement—to be the new prison warden to the amazement of both prisoners and officials alike.
Stay Hungry, 1h42
Directed by Bob Rafelson
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romantic comedy
Themes Sports films
Actors Jeff Bridges, Sally Field, Arnold Schwarzenegger, R.G. Armstrong, Scatman Crothers, Robert Englund
Rating56% 2.8021552.8021552.8021552.8021552.802155
Craig Blake (Jeff Bridges) is a young Southern man born of a wealthy family, but left lonely and idle after his parents died in a plane crash. He is content to spend his time fishing, hunting and puttering around his large family mansion, inhabited only by himself and a butler (Scatman Crothers). Blake's "job" is a sinecure working at a shady investment firm run by a slick con artist named Jabo (Joe Spinell) and he does very little actual work. But since he has to have his name "on paper" somehow as an employee, he is asked to personally transact the purchasing of a small gym that the real estate firm is buying in order to clear space for an office high-rise.
The King of Marvin Gardens, 1h43
Directed by Bob Rafelson
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Crime
Actors Jack Nicholson, Bruce Dern, Ellen Burstyn, John P. Ryan, Scatman Crothers, Sully Boyar
Rating64% 3.24863.24863.24863.24863.2486
David (Jack Nicholson) and Jason (Bruce Dern) are estranged siblings, the former a depressive late-night radio talk show host, the latter an extrovert con man. When Jason drags his younger brother and his own bitter aging beauty-queen squeeze, Sally (Ellen Burstyn), to a dreary Atlantic City and into a real-estate scam, events spiral toward tragedy.