When Bronson and his friend Kevin Strayer decided to try their hand at making a film, they knew they wanted something unique.
“I’ve always been a film fan and I knew that I wanted to make something different, so I went to a bunch of film schools,” says Bronson.
“And I really liked what I saw and that’s why I started working on my own film.”
With an eye on making a different kind of film, the two had to come up with a story that was original and original to them.
Bronson was inspired by the French filmmaker Guillaume Apollinaire, who has worked with directors such as Guillermo del Toro and Alexandre Aja, to produce a film that was not just a film about a movie, but about life.
The film was to be a film of two people: Bronson as a writer, and Strayers as an actor.
To create the film, Bronson spent several months shooting scenes of Strayerts life and his struggles with mental illness.
“It was like a nightmare,” Bronson says.
“We went to all these films and I just felt so alienated by them.”
The film’s title The Alchemist of the Alchemists was the first to feature an all-star cast of characters, including a doctor, a surgeon, a journalist, a photographer, a poet, and a dancer.
Brons father was a writer for a magazine in the 1970s and he describes how the project’s production process evolved.
“When I started it, I was just like, ‘I’m going to make this film,’ and it took me a while,” Brons mother says.
“[The producer] just said, ‘We’ll call you Bronson, and we’ll call the film Alchemist.’
So that’s what we called it, then we called the film Bronson.”
When the film was ready to be shown, Brons parents and friends were blown away.
“The people that were there when we were shooting were just like: ‘Wow, that was a great film!’
And my parents and my friends were like, [they were] just blown away,” he says.
The Alchemist of the Exiles was released in 1979.
Its director, John Huston, describes it as “a classic of the genre, a true masterwork of cinema.”
The story follows Strayern’s attempts to make it through his life without taking drugs, alcohol, or gambling, which resulted in his depression and his subsequent suicide.
“If you look at his story, he was doing something that was quite ordinary, and I thought he was special,” Huston says.
Brón’s character is the same character he plays in the film.
He has a tough exterior, and he’s also quite a character himself.
“He was just kind of a sad guy,” Husts mother says of Bronson’s character.
“Bronson is just a tragic, dark person.
He’s a really hard-working, hard-living person.”
Husts father, who is also the producer of the film with his brother, was also a filmmaker in his youth.
He describes the film as “the kind of story you don’t want to tell your friends because you might get them to be depressed and maybe they would say, ‘No, you’re a bad person, you killed your father.'”
Husts character, who also played a psychiatrist, died of a drug overdose in 1987.
The story of Streylers father is similar.
He is a very strong-willed man who was a good father to his son.
Husts brother describes Bronson more as a person who is suffering, but not necessarily the same person.
“Bronts father is like a real character, and Bronson is more like a character who is a victim,” Hust says.
With The Alchemist, Branson and Huston set out to create a film with a strong narrative that was fresh and different from the films of other directors.
“As soon as I saw [The Alchemist of Alchemis] I was like, I’m not done with film,” Branson says.
It was like they were making a movie for themselves, and then I was very inspired by that.
I was really inspired by how [Strayers] shot his character, [his] life, his journey, his struggles, and that really helped me along the way.
His mother was in the process of divorcing and he was starting to struggle with his depression. “
My father was in a mental institution, and when he died, my mom, I just knew this was the last thing I was going to see,” Brson recalls.
His mother was in the process of divorcing and he was starting to struggle with his depression.
“So I started getting into acting,” he explains.
“This was in ’79,