In regards to Bruce Springsteen, what can you say? Or rather, what are you unable to say? One of the most well-known, beloved, influential, and noteworthy musicians of the 20th century, the 74-year-old songwriter and performer was born in New Jersey and is now making his mark in the 21st. Along with penning successes for other musicians like Patti Smith and “Dancing in the Dark” and “Born in the U.S.A.,” he has also created podcasts with former President Barack Obama and maintained the gritty street poet persona that has made him a legend. However, Springsteen’s fame extends beyond his music. He’s ideal for both small and silver screens.
1. Springsteen’s 2018 Broadway debut
In this 2018 Netflix concert film and documentary, Bruce performs in a musically minimal manner while reciting tales and picking up an acoustic guitar. Filmed in New York City, the film debuted on the massive streaming platform around five years ago during the holidays. It was formally released on December 16. (Two days before, the soundtrack album was released.) This is your peek inside to get a close-up view of the artist known as the Boss. Watch the trailer down below.
2. 2019’s Western Stars
The Boss performs songs from the 2019 album of the same name in this film, which made its premiere at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival. The band is supported by the orchestra and his E Street Band. Springsteen also makes his directing debut with this film. “The album and the film are both about this fading Western movie B-level star who’s looking back on his life and the decisions he’s made,” said Cameron Bailey, artistic director of TIFF. Look it over below.
3. Letter to You by Bruce Springsteen (2020)
This monochrome album from 2020 is intended to evoke a perfectly gray New Jersey day, paying homage to the occasionally gloomy Garden State climate. This film, which showcases Springsteen’s 2020 album Letter To You, was shot remotely while the COVID-19 pandemic was sweeping the globe. Watch the teaser for the romantic film “Letter” below.