Bruce Springsteen has released the trailer for the “cinematic film version” of his recent Western Stars album. You can watch it below.
The two-minute, 24-second trailer contains a mixture of musical performances, home movies and atmospheric footage shot somewhere in the American West. Springsteen’s voice is heard saying seemingly autobiographical things such as “It’s easy to lose yourself, or never find yourself. The older you get, the heavier that baggage becomes that you haven’t sorted through. So you run. I’ve done a lot of that kind of running.”
As one ages, Springsteen says, “Life’s mysteries remain and deepen, its answers unresolved, so you walk on, through the dark, because that’s where the next morning is.”
“Western Stars” will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, and be released more widely at some point in the fall. The film will mark Springsteen’s debut as a director; his longtime collaborator, Thom Zimny, co-directs.
According to a post on BruceSpringsteen.net, the film “evokes the American West — both the mythic and the hardscrabble — weaving archival footage and Springsteen’s personal narration with song to tell the story of Western Stars.”
In the film, he performs all the album’s songs with a band and orchestra in the nearly 100-year barn of his Colts Neck farm.
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