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I Am Trying to Break Your Heart - A Film About Wilco
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Building on three critically acclaimed records and a reputation for phenomenal live shows, the band seemed poised to cement its reputation as one of the great American rock groups. So how is it that one year later, with completed record in hand, the band found itself rejected by its corporate label and missing two of its original members? First-time filmmaker and award-winning photographer Sam Jones was on hand, chronicling this turbulent chapter in Wilco s history as it unfolded.
Throughout the film, Jones tempers the backstage dramas and unfathomable corporate shenanigans with inspired live performances, as frontman Jeff Tweedy and company perform songs from Yankee Hotel Foxtrot and previous Wilco albums. Shot in luminous black and white, I Am Trying to Break Your Heart is a riveting portrait of a band making the best music of its career.
Disc 1 I Am Trying to Break Your Heart (high definition digital transfer, 16 x 9 anamorphic presentation); Feature commentary from director Sam Jones and Wilco; Original theatrical trailer; English subtitles for the hearing impaired
Disc 2 - Over 70 minutes of extra footage, featuring 17 additional Wilco songs, alternate versions of songs from Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, live concert performances and new unreleased songs; I Am Trying To Make A Film making- of featurette; Deluxe 40- page booklet with filmmaker s diary, exclusive photos and liner notes from Rolling Stone s David Fricke
About the Director
Sam Jones is a director and writer, known for I Am Trying to Break Your Heart (2002) and Off Camera with Sam Jones (2014).
- Over 70 minutes of extra footage, featuring 17 additional Wilco songs: alternate versions of songs from "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot", live concert performances, and new unreleased songs
- "I Am Trying to Make a Film" making-of featurette
- 40-page booklet: Filmmaker's diary, exclusive photos, and liner notes from Rolling Stone's David Fricke
Top Customer Reviews
That is the beauty of this film, it is just good whether you are a Wilco fan or not (but you probably will be by the end of the movie). What was supposed to be a "making of" for the band's latest album - yankee foxtrot hotel - turned into an insightful examination of the music industry today. Wilco had enjoyed moderate success and was allowed much more freedom than most in the recording of Yankee Foxtrot. When the record company heard the album, they wanted some changes made. Eventually, they dropped Wilco and gave them back their album.
What you see in this movie is the commercialism of the music industry- which is a necessary part of the industry- fighting with the artistic integrity of making music that means something to you and not compromising (sp?) that. The music industry has to balance artistic integrity and market savvy, however the industry is currently over focused on the commercial and financial side of things.
The movie shows a band that keeps its vision in sight and stays true to their music, and, ultimately, winds up victorious.
I would highly recommend this movie to any music fan.
There are three things that make this a marvelous film. First, it is great to look at. Photographer Sam Jones made his film debut making this, and it is obvious throughout that it was made by someone with a great eye. He frames his subjects with care, and he also shows great sensitivity in filming the city. Forget all those feature films shot in Chicago: this is what Chicago really looks like, from the early shots along Lake Shore Drive to the ending shot with the guys walking along the lake beside Adler Planetarium (though the latter is not shown), this is the real Chicago. The second reason the documentary shines is the sound. The band sounds great every time you hear them, whether just jerking around or rehearsing or performing on stage or recording in their loft. You can hear why they are a great band from beginning to end. Some documentaries manage to botch the live sound, but in performances here the band is sharp and compelling. The third reason it is a great film is the story, which certainly couldn't have been anticipated at the outset. Jeff Tweedy had been critics' darling from his days as co-leader of Uncle Tupelo (the other co-leader, Jay Farrer, formed Son Volt while Tweedy formed Wilco), and there was a sense that their upcoming album was going to break new ground. The result was an album that was sparer and more minimalistic than previous efforts.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent story about Wilco and Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. I didn't know all the details about the album being rejected by their label. Read morePublished 1 month ago by mona thomas
Beautiful film about the making of an album that nearly tore the band apart. Wonderfully made!Published 2 months ago by Lydia Cyrus
Being a fan of Wilco, black and white cinema, and documentaries, this film was easy to like. If you have similar interests, this film is worth checking out.Published 2 months ago by Gustier
Surprisingly good. It's rare when a documentary is being filmed that manages to capture a unexpected significant event. Very well done.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Good film, you get an inside look of one of my favorite wilco albumsPublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
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