I thoroughly enjoyed this documentary. I need to watch it again. Scott Walker has been the most misunderstood man resulting from the media over the years starting from 1965 when the wonderful Walker Brothers arrived in the UK. I understand why he became reclusive and private. He spent years putting up with negative comments on everything he tried to do. Listening to him speaking on this dvd, which has been rare, he still has that beautiful soft gentle voice and remains looking very youthfull and boyish. He was the best looking man on this planet and still holds that beauty today. Although, he speaks very little in the interview about his earlier years, you can gain a deeper insite into his life and what he tries to achieve. The "extras" on the dvd are brilliant, there is a longer interview with Scott where he tries to explain his aims in his music. It's full of positive comments and interviews from fellow musicians. I think he has been through some very "down" times over the years but If you listen to the radio interview Jarvis Cocker had with him earlier this year, he sounds upbeat, more positive and happy stating he is more comfortable with himself these days and that did sound evident. I have loved Scott Walker since setting eyes on him in 1965 (and the Walker Bothers of course). I loved his music and his present style does not change that feeling for me, I try to understand it. I think this documentary is a must for all Scott fans and one to watch over again. He certainly is a man ahead of his time, love him.
Straight-up documentary on the great man, tracing his career from 14 year old teenybopper to the present through a mixture of archive footage and interviews with celebrity fans. But the real exclusive here is an extended interview with Scott, filmed at the time 'The Drift' was being recorded.
Scott Walker has been interviewed only once in the past 30- odd years, and that a few grunted sentences on 'The Tube', so a great many rumours have grown up around his supposed eccentricities: To find that this incredibly odd music is made by a well-adjusted,comparatively normal bloke somehow makes it all seem even stranger and more enigmatic than the myths.
Anyway, an essential for fans, though possibly more for the post 'Fire Escape In The Sky' hipsters than for 60s pop lovers. And whilst I imagine that even Scott's most ardent admirers don't take 'The Drift' or 'Tilt' down from the shelf too often, this film will certainly make you listen to those records with new ears. Excellent.
I thoroughly enjoyed this overview of Scott's career. My favorite parts were the interview portions with Scott & the old video clips. Scott rarely has given interviews, much less spoken at length about days long gone by. Quite an accomplishment for the film makers to have gotten his consent for an interview with questions about the "good old days." The old video clips are priceless, I just wish they had been of complete songs rather than just snippets, but then the film would have gone on for hours (for me, that would have been a good thing, too). I'm much more of a fan of Scott's earlier work than I am of his later work, & I would have liked to have seen more emphasis on the earlier parts of Scott's career, but I understand that Scott has moved on from there, & what is undoubtedly of more interest for him is his more recent work, so naturally that's the time period on which he would want to provide greater elaboration. When I finished watching this, I felt I had a better understanding of Scott as a man & as a composer than I had before I watched it, & that's what a biographical film should accomplish.