Tracks Smith’s rise to fame, as told by friends, colleagues and fellow musicians. As Smith reached new heights in his career, the film details how he grappled with his new success while struggling with depression, alcoholism and drug abuse.
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While I thank the gods the director wasn't trying to decipher the sphinx in a 120 or less (directors who try it almost never get it right), I was somewhat underwhelmed. Don't get me wrong, it is a trully joyous celebration of this beautiful person//body of work and the archive material is really worth your time (specially the disarming radio interviews), but I wish we had a little more time on Elliot than streets.
I cannot listen to his music without having a mental breakdown and sobbing on the floor for an hour. As one person said to me " he is bleeding in every chord,in every word he wrote - maybe that's why we feel so close to his music,maybe that's why it hurts and heals at the same time". But as a documentary...i wanted more concentration on Elliott and less background details which are completely unnecessary.