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Stargazer (2002)
"Stjernekigger" (original title)

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Follows the Danish rock band Swan Lee on their way to fame, covering a period of four years of high ambitions and struggles.

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Stjernekigger (2002) gives us an inside look at the rise of Copenhagen band Swan Lee. Starting in 1998, the film shows us how the band tries to get a record deal with established record companies, receiving only rejections. This triggers internal struggles; one member is fired, another threatens to leave. The clue of the film, more than anything, is how instead of giving up on their dream Swan Lee chose to go the less travelled way: Seeking success and artistic freedom through a small record company of their own. At the time of writing this, they have succeeded: Swan Lee is one of the most acclaimed Danish bands, having scored several hits and received several awards. Written by Peter Brandt Nielsen

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A musical document
4 July 2003 | by (Copenhagen, Denmark) – See all my reviews

"Stjernekigger" is an interesting documentary about the rise of the Danish rock band Swan Lee. The film is an intimate and personal documentation of the band's long, troubled path towards releasing their first album, the acclaimed "Enter".

We see the private conversations of the group, showing the frustrations they face with finding a steady group of band members, and the just as frustrating meetings with record executives. The film also uses its medium well, for instance in the artistic intro sequence (identical to the band's music video for "Tomorrow Never Dies") and some impressionist mosaics of picture and sound that describe singer Pernille Rosendahl's personal story. Also, the description of the frustrating business of contacting record companies is made interesting through entertaining compositions of telephone conversations that lead nowhere.

The film ends with the decision of recording the album for the band members' own money and then a brief look at the success that followed. I would have liked to see additional parts of the band's development process, for instance the songwriting, as well as the actual recording process. This would also have served as an elaboration on what the musical visions of the band are, which is another thing I only get an incomplete impression of as a viewer.


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