A wildly entertaining, star-studded documentary that tells the story of Harry Nilson, one of the most talented and versatile singer-songwriters in pop music history and the man The Beatles dubbed their favorite American musician.
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Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin' About Him?)Directed byJohn Scheinfeld
Very watchable, well-researched doc about a wonderful musician. 3 stars because of the sit-down interviews and cookie-cutter style of film making which makes this more like a made-for-TV program, not cinema.
A perfunctory documentary that at least manages to answer its title, if not its subtitle. Arguably the biggest reason why Nilsson is not more widely regarded by the general public is that he - in channeling the aesthetic of a real estate agent - lacked a certain star quality in an image-obsessed world.
Remarkable story of how John Lennon ruined Harry Nilsson's career. Lennon was producing 'Pussy Cats', and he challenged Harry to a screaming match. Nilsson ruined his voice screaming into the microphone.
I was introduced to Nilsson, never having heard of him before, despite learning a lot about Classic Rock early on, through the artist Netherfriends. It was his birthday. My memory of spending time with him compares to the gentle feeling I get listening to Nilsson. It seems his influence has honeycomb catacombs, built into the basements of fame, the strong foundation.
Only for the fans. I ended up watching the whole thing, but this could have been a far more probing cultural analysis of the times. Instead, we get a pretty straight-forward documentary with family photos over interviews with people who knew the cat. A missed opportunity.