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The Agony and The Ecstasy of Phil Spector


Release Date: June 30, 2010 (NY)
Studio: BBC Arena/VIXPIX Films
Director: Vikram Jayanti
Screenwriter: Not Available
Starring: Phil Spector
Genre: Documentary, Music
MPAA Rating: Not Available
Official Website: Not Available
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Plot Summary: Legendary pop music genius, record producer Phil Spector created the "wall of sound" behind some of the greatest hits of the '60s: Be My Baby, He's a Rebel, Da Doo Ron Ron, Youíve Lost That Lovin' Feeling, to name just a few. Today he is imprisoned serving 19 years-to-life for the murder of B-movie actress Lana Clarkson. During his first trial (a hung jury), Spector gives a rare freewheeling interview to Vikram Jayanti, 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 when he was a child; the process through which he achieved his distinctive sound; his friendship with Lennon; and his case that (despite Paul McCartney's position), he salvaged the Beatles' album, Let It Be. Then there is Spector's curious enmity toward Tony Bennett and Buddy Holly ("he got a postage stamp even though he was only in rock íní roll three years"), and a grandiosity that has him likening himself to Bach, da Vinci, Michelangelo and Galileo. And, yes, there is an endless parade of hairstyles and flamboyant outfits.

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