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Jandek on Corwood (2003)

Not Rated | | Documentary | February 2003 (USA)
"The longest-running, weirdest, loneliest enigma in popular music is a guy from Texas who calls himself Jandek." Jandek on Corwood is the 89-minute documentary that explores this man, his world and his music.

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Chad Freidrichs

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Cast

Credited cast:
Byron Coley Byron Coley
Calvin Johnson Calvin Johnson
Barry Hansen Barry Hansen
John Foster John Foster
Richie Unterberger Richie Unterberger
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jake Austen Jake Austen
Nils Bernstein Nils Bernstein
Ben Edmonds Ben Edmonds
Gary 'Pig' Gold Gary 'Pig' Gold
Toni Holm Toni Holm
Amy Frushour Kelly Amy Frushour Kelly ... (as Amy Kelley)
Brooks Martin Brooks Martin
Phil Milstein Phil Milstein
David Rauh David Rauh
Angela Sawyer Angela Sawyer
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"The longest-running, weirdest, loneliest enigma in popular music is a guy from Texas who calls himself Jandek." Jandek on Corwood is the 89-minute documentary that explores this man, his world and his music.

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Country:

USA

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English

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attempted meaningfulness
27 December 2006 | by jonathan-577See all my reviews

Well here's an interesting subject for a documentary - a reclusive musician who puts out his own music under a shroud of secrecy, and the search for his true identity. Sort of an indie-rock "Who Is Bozo Texino?" Only this one is inelegant, overextended, and strained in its attempted meaningfulnesses. There's a lot of stupid cutaways - but a different kind of stupid cutaway than the last rockdoc I disliked, I'm Your Man: where the latter breaks things up with shots of birds or Leonard Cohen's soulful countenance in slow motion, this one gets all literal (A FULL MINUTE of pouring beer footage accompanies somebody saying "we went out for a beer"). Way too many interviews with smart ass white boy rock types - including an old fave, John Trubee, who donates the ultra-rare tape-of-Jandek-interview that the whole film builds up to, in fact it tells us most of the content before we get there, sigh. It's none too revealing. Around here I got the feeling that these guys were copping serious style from Errol Morris, and botching it. And well before that it occurred to me that the major 'mystery' that they try to hook us on is: "Is this dude 'crazy'???" It's the wrong question to ask, and they never make me care about the answer. I get the impression that no one in the movie likes the music, either.


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