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on 29 October 2011
Being a fan of Stewart's work for more than 30 years, it would be hard for me not to recommend this wonderful document, retracing the "career" of one of the most powerful, inventive, exotic, musical genius of the post punk era.
We can see Nick cave, old members of pop group, Daniel miller the Mute Boss,Massive Attack but also Mark 's Mom and bro ...the list is endless....
However, and that's the reason I don't give 5 stars, some details are really odd: this movie by Toni Schifer had been announced via a trailer on You Tube 2 years on before hands....it took 2 years of wait to have it issued, I thought at one moment it would never go out.And now that it's out, I realized that some cuts of the trailer, which were amongst the most promising, are nowhere to find back in the final mounting.
These moments are:
- Mark Stewart singing frenetically Pop Group 's "Don't sell your dreams" in a parking (this was exhilarating)
- Skip Mc Donald's interview saying that" Music is warm, Business is cold etc"
- Again Mark singing the words of "Can't help thinking about me" in his living room
- Then on stage with Maffia: there was an extract of a very soft cover-like live song saying something " when there pleasure there's treasure", I was hoping to see more of that song and lots of other unissued songs that Maffia played in concert (like "Apocalypse Hotel",a well known unissued track).
All of this has disappeared sadly enough, and was replaced by less interesting moments like a interview in german with some obscure poet, with Mark waiting impatiently in the background .
The 70 mins bonus section is also a big letdown ,Videos of "Hysteria" and "Dream Kitchen" are ridiculous and could have been replaced by live extracts.And speaking of live :why showing Mark and Doug only playing "we are all prostitutes" with a rhythm box in a small cafe in Berlin while there was the possibility to show real Maffia shows, which obviously were recorded.
This movie could have been magic to me but because of all aforementioned remarks, it was only very good.
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on 3 October 2011
This documentary is very welcome. Mark Stewart has been making important but often sadly underappreciated music for years. The Pop Group and The Maffia were both ahead of their time. The documentary includes interviews with members of both bands as well as other artists influenced by or fans of them. Nick Cave says the Pop Group were one of the only bands that he rated when he first came to the UK.
Mark Stewart is given plenty of time to discuss his musical influences and political views. There are clips of The Pop group, Maffia and Mark's solo works. There are also scenes with his family including a sing song at a Xmas party.
I highly recommend this film. It is an essential for any Mark Stewart fans but also a good place to start for people who want to know about the man and his music.
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