Monday, January 31, 2011

The Agony and the Ecstasy of Phil Spector [film review & director interview]

The Agony and the Ecstasy of Phil Spector
Directed by Vikram Jayanti

Review & interview by Allan Tong

There's a moment in this film where Phil Spector discusses John Lennon's assassin, but he could be describing himself: a madman who is so "out of it" that he callously takes another life. It's a chilling moment uttered by a deranged man who's now serving hard time for killing B-movie actress Lana Clarkson in his secluded L.A. mansion in 2003.

Spector, of course, is the legendary record producer who built the "wall of sound," constructing Wagnerian pop symphonies for the Righteous Brothers ("You've Lost That Loving Feeling"), Tina Turner ("River Deep, Mountain High"), the Ronettes ("Be My Baby") and ex-Beatles John and George. Spector is also famous for his guns and violent paranoia.... [click to read more at Exclaim! magazine]

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