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.
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.
Felt like I was discovering a missing chapter of my music education. Can certainly see his fingerprints all over so much of the music I enjoy. Julian Cope, Blur, Pulp, Radiohead, Nick Cave, Cocteau Twins etc etc etc. Fascinating documentary following this somewhat misunderstood man out of time through his musical career. Footage of recording Leos Carax's "Pola X" soundtrack and 2004 record most interesting.
There are a few too many "Tunes-style" animations and the reverence given the subject is an intriguing balance between awe and analysis. It's interesting how a deeply curious artist with a real process stood out from his contemporaries who were creating straight-up Pop. I only knew of him from "30th Century Man" but that is just the tip of a very large iceberg.
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.