The Agony and the Ecstasy of Phil Spector Image
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Summary: Legendary pop music genius, record producer Phil Spector created the “wall of sound” behind some of the greatest hits of the ’60s: Be My Baby, He’s a Rebel, Da Doo Ron Ron, You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling, to name just a few. Today he is imprisoned serving 19 yearsto- life for the murder of B-movie actress Lana Clarkson. During his first trial (a hung jury), Spector gives a rare freewheeling interview to Vikram Jayanti, filmed at his castle, seated before the white piano which he bought with John Lennon, for Imagine. He lucidly holds forth on his life and work: his father’s suicide when he was a child; the process through which he achieved his distinctive sound; his friendship with Lennon; and his case that (despite Paul McCartney’s position), he salvaged the Beatles’ album, Let It Be. Then there is Spector’s curious enmity toward Tony Bennett and Buddy Holly (“he got a postage stamp even though he was only in rock ’n’ roll three years”), and a grandiosity that has him likening himself to Bach, da Vinci, Michelangelo and Galileo. And, yes, there is an endless parade of hairstyles and flamboyant outfits. (Film Forum)
Runtime: 102 min
Production: BBC Arena
Genre: Documentary
Countries: USA, UK
Language: English
Director Credit
Vikram Jayanti Director
Cast Credit
Bill Medley Himself
Bobby Hatfield Himself
Ike Turner Himself
Lana Clarkson Herself
Phil Spector Himself
Ronnie Spector Herself
Tina Turner Herself
Producer Credit
Anthony Wall Producer
Vikram Jayanti Producer
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