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Through all the lousy luck

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.