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Not really a small film at all...,
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It is an enormous shame that Siskel and Ebert were unable to understand the plot of this film. It was simply too intelligent and gentle for them to grasp. But anyone who is literate should be able to understand the contrast between the hero's workaday life and the melodramatic horrors he imagines when the master tape for a new album goes missing. The plot is about resisting the temptation to condemn your friend on circumstantial evidence, and the determination to trust your own judgment. It is about believing the best of people rather than the worst, and about the human capacity to overcome the terrors that the imagination throws at you, and insist that reason and fairness prevail. It is a very coherent plot used to structure a series of beautifully staged musical interludes. Besides being full McCartney-Martin music, it has much to say to a culture drunk on speed, violence, and sloppy judgment. It is not really a small film at all, but a sort of musician-as-auteur cinematic essay that deserves to be listened to in several senses of that word. Visually beautiful, intellectually satisfying, musically a recurring joy.