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Beautiful Dreamer: Brian Wilson and the Story of 'Smile' (2004)

TV Movie  -   -  Documentary  -  5 October 2004 (USA)
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Interviews with Beach Boy Brian Wilson and his contemporaries outline the history of Wilson's album "Smile," a project some 37 years in the making.

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This film tells (using modern day interviews and archival footage and sound tapes) the story of how in 1967, while his band The Beach Boys triumphantly toured abroad, Brian Wilson was trying to push the boundaries of conventional pop music with a new follow-up to the Beach Boys' cutting-edge mega-hit, Pet Sounds. The new album was to be called "SMiLE". SMiLE pushed the envelope both musically and lyrically, and was supposed to out-do the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper record. But Brian wasn't able to sell the project to his band-mates when they returned. The project was shelved and Wilson's well-documented decline into depression, drug abuse, recluseness, and obesity had begun. Thirty-odd years later, Wilson announced that in 2004, SMiLE would be performed live in its entirety in London. This film tells the story of a damaged but healing artist bringing his greatest work to light. Written by Martin Lewison <dr@martinlewison.com>

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Rebuilding--and then rescaling--a musical mountain...
5 August 2011 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

David Leaf directed this thoroughly entertaining documentary as presented by Showtime, a chronicle of Beach Boys musician Brian Wilson's career and his valiant attempt to resurrect the shelved project "Smile", which was to follow the Beach Boys' artistic breakthrough "Pet Sounds" from 1966. Reassembling the orchestral parts and harmonies, reconstructing the lyrics with help from his songwriting partner Van Dyke Parks, Brian Wilson returns to his artistic preeminence before our eyes. The painstaking work involved is absorbing to watch and often fascinating to behold, and the live concert which concludes the film is marvelously satisfying. Wilson himself is a tough nut to crack; a moody and mercurial genius, he becomes so nervous just before the show that he almost cancels out on the whole thing--which mirrors the fate of "Smile" in 1967! A remarkable musical journey, filled with talented names from the past who are more than happy to savor and share in Wilson's triumph.


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