Beyond the Sea - Musik war sein Leben

Beyond the Sea - Musik war sein Leben

Großbritannien / Deutschland 2003/2004, Spielfilm

Inhalt

Beyond the sea

This film tells the turbulent story of legendary pop singer Bobby Darin whose unforgettable recordings include such songs as “Mack the Knife”, “Dream Lover” and “Beyond the Sea”. Darin died in 1973. He was just 37 years of age.

At the age of seven Bobby Darin was diagnosed as having a severely debilitating heart disease. With a bit of luck – so the prognosis of doctors at the time – he might be able to live to the age of 15. Unperturbed, Darin’s mother, vaudeville singer Polly Cassotto, gives her ailing son lessons in singing and piano, and encourages the boy’s talent for comedy.
At an early age, it becomes clear that Bobby has what it takes to become a star. Moreover, his love of music keeps him alive. When Bobby is 20, his mother dies and, taking her final wish to heart, he decides to make a serious bid to carve out a career for himself as a singer. With the help of his friend and manager, Steve Blauner and the gifted arranger Dick Behrke, he manages to break into show business in Las Vegas.
In 1958 he scores his first hit, which catapults him from the nightclubs and straight to Hollywood. His happiness is complete when he meets and falls in love with the lovely actress, Sandra Dee and from this moment on, the pair are celebrated as Hollywood’s dream couple. But Darin’s comet-like rise to stardom takes its toll. Exhausted by his struggle to achieve fame and fortune as well as by the cut and thrust of the music business, Bobby Darin’s health begins to suffer…
Kevin Spacey on his film: "My love for Bobby Darin’s music began in early childhood. There’s a scene in the film when the young Bobby sings a Frank Sinatra song to his parents, using a hairbrush as a microphone. I did exactly the same thing for my parents – except that whilst little Bobby sang Sinatra – I sang Bobby Darin."

Source: 55. Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin (Catalogue)

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Credits

Director:Kevin Spacey
Screenplay:Kevin Spacey
Director of photography:Eduardo Serra
Music:Christopher Slaski
  
Cast: 
Kevin SpaceyBobby Darin
Kate BosworthSandra Dee
John GoodmanSteve Blauner
Bob HoskinsCharlie Maffia
Brenda BlethynPolly Cassotto
Michael ByrneDr. Andretti
William UllrichBobby Darin, jung
Tayfun BademsoyAhmet Ertegun
Vinzenz KieferLas Vegas Hotelpage
  
Production company:Archer Street Productions Ltd. (London), QI Quality International GmbH & Co. KG (Köln), Trigger Street Productions (London)
Producer:Jan Fantl, Kevin Spacey

All Credits

Director:Kevin Spacey
Screenplay:Kevin Spacey
Director of photography:Eduardo Serra
Steadycam operator:Tilman Büttner
Art director:Andreas Olshausen
Set design:Udo Kramer (Modelmaker)
Music:Christopher Slaski
  
Cast: 
Kevin SpaceyBobby Darin
Kate BosworthSandra Dee
John GoodmanSteve Blauner
Bob HoskinsCharlie Maffia
Brenda BlethynPolly Cassotto
Michael ByrneDr. Andretti
William UllrichBobby Darin, jung
Tayfun BademsoyAhmet Ertegun
Vinzenz KieferLas Vegas Hotelpage
  
Production company:Archer Street Productions Ltd. (London), QI Quality International GmbH & Co. KG (Köln), Trigger Street Productions (London)
in association with:Visionview, Studio Babelsberg Motion Pictures GmbH (Potsdam-Babelsberg), Endgame Entertainment LLC (Beverly Hills), Element X
Producer:Jan Fantl, Kevin Spacey
Executive producer:Peter Block
Executive producer:Henning Molfenter
Line producer:Guy Tannahill
Associate producer:Christian Frohn
Location manager:Daniel Mattig
Funding:Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH (MBB) (Potsdam)
Length:119 min
Format:35mm, 1:1,85
Picture/Sound:DeLuxe Color, Dolby
Rating:FSK-Prüfung (DE): 10.02.2005, 101485, ohne Altersbeschränkung/feiertagsfrei
Screening:Uraufführung (CA): 10.09.2004, Toronto, IFF

Titles

Originaltitel (DE) Beyond the Sea - Musik war sein Leben
Weiterer Titel (GB) Beyond the Sea

Versions

Original

Length:119 min
Format:35mm, 1:1,85
Picture/Sound:DeLuxe Color, Dolby
Rating:FSK-Prüfung (DE): 10.02.2005, 101485, ohne Altersbeschränkung/feiertagsfrei
Screening:Uraufführung (CA): 10.09.2004, Toronto, IFF
 

Awards

FBW 2005
Prädikat: besonders wertvoll