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The Sparks Brothers (2021)

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The Sparks Brothers is a 2021 music documentary film directed by Edgar Wright about Ron and Russell Mael, the creators of the pop and rock band Sparks.

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Edgar Wright

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Beck ... Self
Jane Wiedlin ... Self
Christi Haydon ... Self
Dean Menta Dean Menta ... Self
Harley Feinstein Harley Feinstein ... Self
Tony Visconti Tony Visconti ... Self
Mike Myers ... Self
Fred Armisen ... Self
Giorgio Moroder ... Self
'Weird Al' Yankovic ... Self
Muff Winwood Muff Winwood ... Self
Nick Rhodes ... Self
Steve Jones ... Self
John Taylor ... Self
Todd Rundgren Todd Rundgren ... Self
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Growing up in the '60s, Los Angeles brothers Ron and Russell got by on a heavy diet of popcorn matinees and pop music until the spotlight of school talent shows illuminated their way on a musical journey as the Sparks and spawned 25 studio albums. Edgar Wright's vision brings five decades of invention to life through animations and interviews, digging deeply into the band's rich, career-spanning archival. Written by Sundance Film Festival

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First documentary to be directed by Edgar Wright. See more »

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References American Bandstand (1952) See more »

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Those Mysteries
31 January 2021 | by cgoodwin1991See all my reviews

Edgar Wright always does great work, and when it was announced that he would be at the helm of a Sparks documentary, I was ecstatic.

I was of course excited to see the movie, but more than that I was excited that a big name director would be exposing the world and some of my fellow Americans (hopefully) to Sparks.

The band is not easy to find, and it is absolutely criminal. I myself only discovered the band 2 or so years ago and fell in love immediately, listening to the then 24 studio albums over a course of about a month for hours a day. I implore you to do the same, I really don't think you'll regret it.

The documentary really was true to Sparks sensibilities too, as Edgar promised he would try to do. The artists were not the center of attention, but rather the art was the center of attention. The dedication to their craft, along with an immense amount of wit and talent is what has sustained them as a band for 50 years.

The two are just so easily lovable guys, and immense talents with a one of a kind sound. As a fan, it made me happy to see the two in the limelight where they should be, taking a quick break to reflect after 50 years of innovating in the field. Here's to 200 more Sparks albums!


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30 January 2021 (USA) See more »

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