Detroit Film Theatre


THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY OF PHIL SPECTOR

Friday, September 10, 2010 – Sunday, September 12, 2010

 Detroit Film Theatre

USA/UK/2008—directed by Vikram Jayanti (102 min.)

Legendary pop music genius Phil Spector created the “wall of sound” behind some of the great hits of the ’60s: Be My Baby, He’s a Rebel, Da Doo Ron Ron, to name a few; today he’s serving 19 years to life for the murder of Lana Clarkson. During his first (hung jury) trial, Spector gave a rare freewheeling interview, 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; the process through which he achieved his trademark sound; his friendship with Lennon; and his case (despite Paul McCartney’s denial) that he saved the Beatles’ album Let It Be. Then there is Spector’s bizarre enmity toward Tony Bennett and Buddy Holly (“he got on a postage stamp even though he was only in rock ’n’ roll three years”), even as he likens himself to Bach, Michelangelo and Galileo.

“A hell of an exclusive and an overwhelming experience. A work of art.” –Andrew Billen, The Times of London
 
 
Friday, September 10 at 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 11 at 9:30 p.m.
Sunday, September 12 at 4:00 p.m.