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Andrew J. Kuehn
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The documentary explores the enigmatic life and music of Harry Nilsson in an attempt to answer the question, "Who is Harry Nilsson?" The film includes new and archive audio and film including interviews with Robin Williams, Yoko Ono, Van Dyke Parks, Randy Newman, Ray Cooper, the Smothers Brothers, and Micky Dolenz. "Who is Harry Nilsson?" uses promotional films, music videos, and home movies; segments from the unreleased documentary made during the recording of Son of Schmilsson (Did Somebody Drop His Mouse?); and excerpts from Nilsson's rare TV appearances in his BBC specials, the "Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour", "Playboy After Dark", and in an episode of "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir". Written by
For The Converted, Amazing. Otherwise, Still Highly Recommended
The best documentaries about music make you want to explore the artist further (two examples: The Band's "The Last Waltz" and "Rush Beyond The Lighted Stage")and intrigue you as to the person and their vision. This is a great documentary about a true American original who had major talent both as a singer and songwriter. Ironically, his two biggest hits "Everybody's Talking" and "Without You" weren't written by him. You get a lot of rare footage, as well as interviews from people who knew him and worked with him. These interviews are excellent, as some are from people whom you rarely see, with the two most insightful comments by songwriter/artist Jimmy Webb and record producer Richard Perry. Nilsson's idiosyncrasies are explored (he never gave a concert and he was an unusual person), as well as his substance abuse. However, you can tell the people who speak about him love him. Rather than this being about a slightly crazed person who couldn't always control his demons, you get a glimpse into his personal life, including interviews with his widow and even his children. I was touched by so many of the comments from his friends and family. The DVD has even more to offer and is very highly recommended. A very good compilation of his hits called Nilsson's Greatest Hits is a great complement to watching this film. Don't miss it.
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