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Building a Broken Mousetrap
     

Building a Broken Mousetrap

Director: Jem Cohen

Cast: EX

 
The Ex are an anarchist musical ensemble from the Netherlands who started out as a ragged punk rock band in 1979. However, over the course of more than a quarter-century, the Ex evolved into a group that still embraced the rabble-rousing political principles of punk, but took in a broad musical palate that includes improvisational music, avant garde noise,

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The Ex are an anarchist musical ensemble from the Netherlands who started out as a ragged punk rock band in 1979. However, over the course of more than a quarter-century, the Ex evolved into a group that still embraced the rabble-rousing political principles of punk, but took in a broad musical palate that includes improvisational music, avant garde noise, ethnic music from around the world and politically-slanted folk music while combining both acoustic and electric instruments (and sometimes expanding into a band comprising twenty players). Collaborating with musicians as celebrated and diverse as Sonic Youth, Tortoise and the Mekons, the Ex are a gifted and thoroughly uncompromising group, and when they came to New York City for a series of shows, filmmaker Jem Cohen brought along a film crew to capture the band's performances on film. Building A Broken Mousetrap is a documentary which combines the Ex's energetic live concert with footage that explores the parallels and contrasts of life in New York City with the band's home base of Amsterdam. Building A Broken Mousetrap was screened in competition at the 2007 Silverdocs Film Festival, where it was shown with Blessed Are The Dreams Of Men, a short subject by Cohen scored by Andy Moor of the Ex.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/29/2008
UPC:
0036172100798
Original Release:
2006
Source:
Touch & Go Records
Region Code:
0
Presentation:
[B&W]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
1:02:00
Sales rank:
71,830

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Ex: Building a Broken Mousetrap
1. Intro to Part One [2:32]
2. 3:45 Am [5:08]
3. Henry K. [5:54]
4. Sister [5:42]
5. I.P. Man [10:02]
6. Intro to Part Two [1:50]
7. Confusion Errorist [5:36]
8. The Idunno Law [5:31]
9. Dog Tree [7:55]
10. Theme From Konono [8:28]
11. Credits [2:54]

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