Scott Walker: 30 Century Man is a rare glimpse into the world of the most enigmatic figure in rock history, and traces the undeniable impact he has had on popular music through casual interviews with some of his biggest, highest profile fans.
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Saw this a while ago, but been listening to him today. He is one of the few still existing geniuses. His voice soars like no one elses. There are less and less artists who are so humble yet immensely talented like him. This is a great peek into the man, his music, and his mind.
30 Century Man portrays Scott Walker as a great musician and poet, which, unfortunately, is oft-illustrated here by hero worship rather than landmarks of influence. Considering Walker's vast musical evolution from Beatles-boy-band to experimental enigma, the material here contains its share of diamonds, but much of the film feels strangely empty and uninformative. I'm left to wonder if more digging couldn't be done.
An enjoyable film overall, despite what I found to be some very poor stylistic choices at times. Some interviews were far from compelling as well. However, it was nice to be able to see and hear Scott Walker. His reputation as a recluse is a bit unfair—he just seems to have wanted to escape from pop music and wanted his ideas to come to him rather than being forced to pump out music within short periods of time.
Mediocre film about a pretentious former pop-star turned avant-garde musician - influential and extraordinary decades ago when languishing in discordance was revolutionary and few musicians had the industry means to take such chances. Still, the story could have been told in 20 minutes and the gratuitous celebrity interviews do little to inform this superficial fluff piece on a has-been who looks good in shades.
Interesting guy and documentary, but I don't think I'm going to run out and buy any of his solo albums any time soon. Although , The Walker Brothers material has a nice Phil Spectorish sound to it, which appeals to me.