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Not a Photograph: The Mission of Burma Story (2006)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Music | 22 April 2006 (USA)
NOT A PHOTOGRAPH documents the resurrection of the seminal post-punk band Mission of Burma, beginning in 2002 and continuing to the present. For a band deemed 'too ahead-of-their-time' ... See full summary »

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Jeffrey Iwanicki, David A. Kleiler Jr. (co-director)
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Credited cast:
Clint Conley Clint Conley ... Himself - Mission of Burma
Cameron Keiber Cameron Keiber ... Himself
Roger Miller Roger Miller ... Himself - Mission of Burma
Peter Prescott Peter Prescott ... Himself - Mission of Burma
Bob Weston Bob Weston ... Himself - Mission of Burma
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NOT A PHOTOGRAPH documents the resurrection of the seminal post-punk band Mission of Burma, beginning in 2002 and continuing to the present. For a band deemed 'too ahead-of-their-time' during their initial existence, NOT A PHOTOGRAPH follows Mission of Burma's struggle to breathe new life into a tale that's already been recorded in rock's history books -- one that's placed them under the bright lights of acclaim, influence and legend. Mission of Burma epitomizes the age-old, artistic quandary of being influential but not famous; to have critical but not commercial success. Though relatively few saw them during their short but burning career (1979-1983), Mission of Burma inspired countless artists over the years, including 80's college-rockers R.E.M., Sonic Youth & The Pixies, 90's alternative artists Moby, Nirvana & Blur, and bands from the post-Nirvana/indie rock explosion such as Yo La Tengo and Spoon. After nearly twenty years and inexplicable circumstances, Mission of Burma's ... Written by John Suvannavejh

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What happens when the most influential band you never heard reunites after 19 years?

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Documentary | Music

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Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 April 2006 (USA) See more »

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Boston, Massachusetts, USA See more »

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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Soundtracks

Tetracyclin
Written by E. Lindgren
Performed by The Moving Parts
Published by Foot Foot/Bug Music BMI
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Good for Burma fans, not great if you don't know who they are
17 August 2006 | by Christopher BaileySee all my reviews

The story in this film is largely about Burma in their first incarnation and also what they're doing now, but I thought too little attention was given to the cause of the breakup (Roger's health and hearing) and what the members did in between. (Don't get me wrong, it's discussed, but there is a leap in the middle of the film that made me ask "What the ...".)

The concert footage, past and present, was great, and the interviews were a real boon.

If you want to get to know Burma, this is not the film for you.

If you already worship them as I do, you'll enjoy yourself.

(On a quick technical note, I really appreciated the sound, the editing, and the effort that went into making this possible ... I will buy the DVD when it comes out.)


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