The Brown Bunny
August 27, 2004
On the Big Board
||After all the commotion, turns out to be simply decent
Vincent Gallo's The Brown Bunny is the subject of a rather infamous debate between the director/writer/actor and Chicago Sun-Times film critic Roger Ebert. After being overheard singing "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head" during the Cannes screening of The Brown Bunny, Gallo angrily put a curse on Ebert's colon. Ebert fired back, " I had a colonoscopy once, and they let me watch it on TV. It was more entertaining than The Brown Bunny."
Things progressed, and at one point Gallo called Ebert "fat". Again Ebert replied. "It is true that I am fat. But one day I shall be thin, and he will still be the director of The Brown Bunny."
With such fanfare and hullabaloo proceeding it, The Brown Bunny will at long last receive a limited release in North America from the upstart distributor Wellspring. Gallo's film tells the story of Bud Clay's tragic loss of the love of his life. The motorcycle racer, who rides in the 250cc Formula II class of road racing is set to go from New Hampshire to California for his next race. As he journeys across America, Bud is haunted by the memories of the last time he saw his true love. Desperate to make those memories disappear, he tries every single day to find a new love, making ridiculous requests of various women to accompany him on his trip, but leaving them behind after they agree to join him. In the end, though he cannot replace Daisy - the only girl he will ever truly love, he still tries. And tries. And tries. (Kim Hollis/BOP)