“Chapter 27” is an adaptation of blank pages,
of a missing chapter. At the outset, Jarrett
Schaefer’s debut feature seems to promise a
measured character study of the man who shot
ex-Beatle John Lennon on the 8th of December
1980. The film’s title alludes to the 26 chapters
of J.D. Salinger’s classic novel “The Catcher in
the Rye”. Lennon’s killer meant to add a final
chapter, written in the blood of his victim.
Traveling through a wintry New York, Chapman
is an elusive presence – smudged at the edges,
listlessly gazing out from behind his glasses. His
mental state is an equal blur as he gradually
submerges himself into the psychology of
J.D. Salinger’s antihero, Holden Caulfield,
discarding his own identity. In a parallel move,
Schaefer borrows the structure, timeframe
and narration of Chapman’s favorite book, the film evolving from character study into a postmodern
literary game.
Drawing vocal protest from Lennon fans,
fearing that the film would humanize Chapman,
the film persistently maintains the tension
between individual psychology and meta-text,
making the viewer ask: Is it a character study
or is it something else entirely?

Chapter 27 poster
Title
Chapter 27
Director
Jarret Schaefer
Country
USA
Length
89 min
Festival
2007
Section
American Independents
Language
English
Premiere status
Nordic Premiere
Production year
2007
Cast
Jared Leto, Lindsay Lohan, Ursula Abbott
Producer
Alexandra Milchan, Naomi Despes, Robert Salerno
Script
Jarrett Schaefer
Music
Anthony Marinelli

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