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

TV Movie  |  TV-14  |  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 <>

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See this film! Even if you are not a BB/BW fan!
14 December 2004 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

This film could be re-made as dramatization and if made by the right people it would be in contention for an Academy Award for best picture. I am not sure that you could fictionalize a story as engrossing as this one.

First, lets get this out of the way...Brian Wilson is a genius! Sir George Martin (the Beatles producer, who worked with Lennon and McCartney for 7 years), said that if he had to name a living genius of pop, it would be Brian Wilson. If you still have doubts get the Pet Sound Sessions box set, listen to the music and read the making of Pet Sounds book that comes with it. Make sure you read the comments of the Studio musicians who worked with him...Case Closed!

What is really amazing is that Brian Wilson seems genuinely to be sweet heart of a guy! How many extremely talented people are also nice people? It seems to be a small club.

I have listened to the finished SMILE album many times since its release and I think that it is brilliant!

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