A study, mostly chronological, of the life of Nick Drake (1948-1974). Gabrielle, his older sister, tells us of her brother's birth in Burma, childhood in Warwickshire, life at Cambridge and...
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A study, mostly chronological, of the life of Nick Drake (1948-1974). Gabrielle, his older sister, tells us of her brother's birth in Burma, childhood in Warwickshire, life at Cambridge and in London, then back to his parents' home in Tanworth. His parents describe his habits and personality. Two friends and the producer, arranger, sound engineer, and photographer for his three albums comment. His mother, a musician and poet, is an early influence. His quiet folk style made his one tour a disaster. His lack of success and gradual withdrawal end with his death at 26. Eleven of his recordings play on the soundtrack, usually as we see his room, a city, or the Warwickshire countryside. Written by
I have to disagree with whomever opined that this documentary will be of interest only to Nick Drake fans. The cinematography, for one, should be a draw, it being on the level of, oh, Girl With a Pearl Earring or Dead Poet's Society. Also, the director's use of manipulation - superimposing images that move over a single cityscape, for example - is worth seeing, several times. And some of the lingering shots of English countryside are stunning and evoke a strong sense of Drake's music, which often delved into setting, using it as a character sometimes.
I do agree with those who regretted there was not enough info/anecdotes from the persons "interviewed" in the film, outside older sister & actress, Gabrielle. Where was John Martyn (and/or Beverly Martyn), who affectionately called Nick "The Guv'nor?" And what of musicians who played on Drake's first two LPs? Some of them are still with us...like Richard Thompson or Danny Thompson or John Cale, whose gorgeous keyboards in "Northern Sky" help that performance SOAR. And certainly Joe Boyd must be able to talk more about Nick than was shown in the film.
Nonetheless, I am grateful for having seen it - a few days ago actually, on TV (one of the Starz channels, I believe). I hope I come across it again one of these moons. As a fan since 1971 - when the first U.S. compilation (of the 1st two LPs) came out on Island - I am pleased and moved to hear more from this unique songwriter, singer, and guitarist. Does anyone REALLY write, sing, and play like him?
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