Archive of films Virgil Bliss / Virgil Bliss

2000, 100 min

Section: Forum of Independents
Year: 2001


Virgil Bliss is a man obsessed with living a normal life, finding a good job, marrying a decent woman and building a family of his own. The only problem is that he is a recently paroled career thief. After his release from prison after nearly a decade he meets Manny Alvarez who takes naive Virgil under his wing and initiates him in the ways of the world. He introduces him to Ruby, a junkie prostitute, with whom Virgil immediately falls in love. Together they form a kind of damaged family, dogged by mistrust, chemical dependency and the weight of their wasted lives. Everything gets even shakier when the psychotic Manny reappears. Virgil learns a brutal and final lesson in the limits of love and his own good intentions.

About the director

Joe Maggio (b. Buffalo, USA) has been a freelance sound technician for film and TV since 1992. In addition to numerous screenplays, he has written and published articles and interviews with various filmmakers for the New York Post and Manhattan File magazine. Virgil Bliss is his debut.

About the film

Black & white, 35 mm

Section: Forum of Independents
Director: Joe Maggio
Screenplay: Joe Maggio
Dir. of Photography: Harlan Bosmajian
Music: Greta Gaines, Clint Jordan, Anthony Gorman
Editor: Elizabeth Downer
Producer: Joe Maggio
Production: P-Kino
Cast: Clint Jordan, Kirsten Russell, Anthony Gorman, Greg Amici, Mark Romeo, Richard Biermann

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