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...The King of Techno
A look into the underground world of Bruce Haack, a genius whose past work continues to garner recognition with time... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Bruce Haack ... Himself (archive footage)
Esther Nelson ... Miss. Nelson
Ted Pandel ... Praxiteles Pandel
Chris Kachulis ... Himself
Chris Albertson ... Himself
Harry Spiridakis ... Starchild
John Spiridakis ... Starchild
Peter Cor ... Starchild
Greg Carripedes ... Starchild
Andi Toma ... Mouse on Mars
Jean-Jacques Perrey ... Himself
Jan St. Werner ... Mouse on Mars
Tommy Grenas ... Anubian Lights

Rossie Harris ... Dj Me Dj You
Craig Borell ... Dj Me Dj You
Tim Digulla ... Tipsy
David Gardner ... Tipsy

Mark Oliver Everett ... Eels (as Mark Everett)
Money Mark ... Money Mark (as Mark Ramos Nishita)
Garry Moore ... Game Show Host (archive footage)

Fred Rogers ... Mister Rogers (archive footage)
Teresa Brewer ... Teresa Brewer (archive footage)
Chris Manak ... Peanut Butter Wolf

Lucas MacFadden ... Himself (as Cut Chemist)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Len Del Rio ... Anubian Lights
Banjo Harris ... Himself

Directed by
Philip Anagnos 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Philip Anagnos 

Produced by
Nick Anagnos .... producer
Philip Anagnos .... producer
Melanie Blythe .... supervising producer
Arthur Maturo .... associate producer
Original Music by
Bruce Haack 
Miss Nelson 
Praxiteles Pandel 
Cinematography by
Philip Anagnos 
Todd Antonio Somodevilla  (as T. Antonio Somodevilla)
Film Editing by
Philip Anagnos 
Kyle Yaskin 
Visual Effects by
Philip Anagnos .... animation
Lance Robertson .... thanks

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"Haack ...The King of Techno" - USA (original title)
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70 min | USA:56 min (TV version)
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Bruce Haak, musician, composer, avant-guardist, genius, 15 December 2005
Author: bagzi from Australia

I want to start my review by thanking the makers of this documentary, it is obviously a labor of love and I think they did a pretty good job of putting together an enjoyable documentary about a person who has had so such little info available about him. It definitely has a fan worship feel about it, which is a good thing.

I had heard of Bruce Haack but didn't know much about him, and I found the start of this documentary frustrating because I could hear other musicians talk about him, but Bruce Haack himself was kept way too far off in the distance. I wanted to see this Bruce Haack guy!! I felt as though the makers assumed I already knew him as well as these musicians on the screen which I didn't, so I felt a bit left in the dark.

When Bruce was finally shown in action it was great and gave me a taste of who Bruce Haack was, but it was only a taste. We got treated to more musicians and I felt as though I was being told "Look - all these cool musicians are into him, so he must be cool!" I didn't really care much for the musician's commentary on Bruce.

I wanted to see Bruce, as a person. You know, the important stuff - more interviews with people who worked with him or knew him. More about his life, and yes, his use of drugs and other issues. I would of liked to know so much more about his "Hackula" project. I wanted to get inside his mind. Even if they did this via some "voice of god" commentary and photos it would of been OK.

The animations were good, but again I felt these were used as filler, they didn't really do anything other than allow me to hear his music and see some imagery based on the Dimension 5 records. I did think it was clever and creative, but again... I wanted to learn more about Bruce!

Maybe Bruce Haack was this elusive in real life?

Anyway - in the end I enjoyed this documentary and felt a sort of sadness that such amazing pioneers and geniuses such as Mr. Haack get forgotten as the march of time stamps ever onwards. I am glad that this film is around to educate people about Bruce Haack, even with its flaws.

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