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Rock in Reykjavik (1982)

Rokk í Reykjavík (original title)
Rokk í Reykjavík (Rock in Reykjavik) gives a thorough overview of the powerful and expanding rock scene in Iceland. Most of the film consists of performances by a wide variety of ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Hilmar Örn Agnarsson Hilmar Örn Agnarsson
Júlíus Agnarsson Júlíus Agnarsson
Eyþór Arnaldsson Eyþór Arnaldsson
Sigtryggur Baldursson Sigtryggur Baldursson
Heimir Barðason Heimir Barðason
Einar Örn Benediktsson Einar Örn Benediktsson
Bergsteinn Björgúlfsson Bergsteinn Björgúlfsson ... (as Bergsteinn Björgólfsson)
Hörður Bragason Hörður Bragason
Ásgeir Bragason Ásgeir Bragason
Kristján Edelstein Kristján Edelstein
Gunnar Ellertsson Gunnar Ellertsson
Friðrik Erlingsson Friðrik Erlingsson
Rúnar Erlingsson Rúnar Erlingsson
Jón Arnar Freysson Jón Arnar Freysson


Rokk í Reykjavík (Rock in Reykjavik) gives a thorough overview of the powerful and expanding rock scene in Iceland. Most of the film consists of performances by a wide variety of rock-groups in various clubs in Reykjavik in 1981-82. There are also interviews with members of the groups representing different views on such features of the rock scene as sex, drugs and politics. 19 groups appear in the film. Written by IFC <icecorp@icecorp.is>

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17 April 1982 (Iceland) See more »

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Talandi höfuð
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See this film for the right reasons.
30 April 2003 | by TSHunterSee all my reviews

Most people see this film for the wrong reasons. They either are a huge Bjork fan, and see it only for that reason and then say "No bands in here are any good besides Bjork's band", or they see it expecting some elaborate documentary analysis of the importance of the Icelandic music scene in the early eighties. C'mon, give me a break. It's all about the music, and that's what this film is all about. To get an idea of a similar film with a similar format, first watch Urgh! A Music War (1981), as it is a similar film made in the USA. Mostly, Rokk i Reykjavik (1982) is full of Icelandic punk bands that are just trying to get exposure in the early eighties. Not all are good, but watching the film can give you an idea whether or not you want to purchase the soundtrack for the film, much more readily available than the film itself. As for obtaining a rental copy, that might be harder. If you live in or around Los Angeles County, CA, USA, you can either go to Rocket Video in Hollywood, or Video Paradiso in Claremont (next to Rhino Records). I'm sure it is available other places, but I'm also sure that you are only going to find it at independent rental places that go out of their way to get indie films and cult classics, as well as imports. So don't expect to find it at your local Blockbuster or Hollywood Video store. The version I saw was on VHS in NTSC format with English subtitles (it is mostly in Icelandic). The music is hit and miss, but my only complaint is that it does not say the name of bands/songs when they are playing, so there is no way to find out without buying the soundtrack. This is disappointing, because if one band is liked, it is hard to know who they are, so the film is self-depreciating in that way. Otherwise, it is decent. I wonder if it will ever be released on DVD.

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