March 30, 2006
According to Dan Fante, the late novelist’s son, Towne’s adaptation of his father’s 1939 novel is accurate and faithful to the spirit of the story; a story that Dan believes continues to resonate with audiences through the years because of the complete self-honesty of its protagonist, Fante’s wonderfully-realized alter-ego, Arturo Bandini. “I liked Towne’s film,” Dan said in a recent interview, “What he’s done with my father’s book works. Arturo’s struggle is timeless. Because of the self-honesty of the character, the novel could have been written yesterday.” Mike Ferraro on John Fante.