July 30, 2012
Uncracked code: ‘The Buddy Holly Story’ (1978)
Josh Olsen wishes he knew how the makers of the movie pulled it off: Buddy Holly was a genius, but his life was conventional and uneventful (until the very last night.)
Not much of a “story,” in other words.
So how did they turn that unpromising material into such a great film?
Olsen doesn’t know, and maybe it’s just as well; there’s something of a fairytale curse to this movie, as the director and the star never achieved such success again.