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frustration mixed with moments of pleasure,
This review is from: All My Loving (DVD)
Another frustrating example of late '60's machine-gun film editing.
Images and faces coming at you in rapid bursts, barely pausing to let your brain process what you're looking at.
Ginger Baker performing an on-stage drum solo with the camera zeroed in on his head. No backing up to take his performance in context. Not even a pull-back shot of just him thrashing away on his kit. No. What you get is a trained shot inches away from his head. brilliant(he wrote sarcastically).
Jack Bruce singing the words to I'm So Glad and if all you wanted to see was JUST the close-up face of Jack Bruce singing those words and could care less about the GROUP he was in or other shots of the group members, well then you are in luck!
Same thing with Eric Burdon performing with his new Animals. You get ALL the close up head shots of Eric you could ever want for with a few scattered shots of the guitar player and a glimpse or two of the drummer but a nice whole shot of the group as they perform? Forget it.
Even select interviews as the one with Frank Zappa are filmed at point blank range including nothing but his face. Can't we pull back a little and depict some depth into the space where this was recorded?
Those are my major gripes with this film.
But there are numerous moments that made it worth while for me.
An interview with Paul McCartney DOES contain some depth with the camera generously pulled back a piece, Paul looking very natty in black shirt, neck tie and beige jacket.
And Paul's interview is quite excellent as well.
And as grueling it was to view Mr. Zappa at point blank range, his tale of on-stage antics and opinions of modern day society are interesting.
Ditto Eric Burdon's comments, a short clip of Ringo Starr, Donovan and a sublime piece of film footage with Pete Townshend relaxing on The Who tour bus discussing the meaning of it all.
There are several fleeting interviews with people you don't see every day that I found riveting...one with Manfred Mann deploring the tabloids, George Harrison's mum gently talking about her famous son and a "jingle executive" Jim West sharing his thoughts on the pop music marketing of the day.
Two lengthier interviews that I found facinating were with author Anthony Burgess and "Tin Pan Alley" publisher Eddie Rogers, whom I disagree with fellow Amazon reviewer "brianthepistol" that he was drunk.
I do, however, agree with fellow Amazon reviewer Prolix when he/she? points out the " most disturbing and disappointing aspect of this film is its totally gratuitous use of violent imagry that is interspersed throughout", including the infamous footage of a Vietnamese man being shot in the head.
I'm sure the film-maker Tony Palmer likened these inclusions as necessary to reflect the thoughts that were on the minds of people at the time.
A mention of the musical performances contained within this film:
A very nice clip of Pete of the Who abusing his guitar with no mercy.
An equally nice but extremely brief(what else do you expect)black and white film clip of a VERY young Who.
Pink Floyd performing Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun drenched in red color and, of course, focusing solely on the face of Roger Waters as he sings. why oh why couldn't they film a group as a GROUP!?
And some very nice footage that is aggravatingly brief and disjointed of The Beatles in the recording studio.
Along with this film you get a bonus present-day interview with Tony Palmer that was excellent.