Storefront Hitchcock

Storefront Hitchcock

Director: Jonathan Demme

Cast: Deni Bonet, Tim Keegan

     
 

Jonathan Demme's minimalist 1997 film documenting psychedelic folk-rocker Robyn Hitchcock's performances in a Manhattan storefront is given a worthy DVD release. These 14 songs, as sculpted by Hitchcock, sound better than ever. On DVD, Storefront Hitchcock makes a viewer marvel at the full, poetic sounds he is able to deliver with only a guitar and his voice.…  See more details below

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Jonathan Demme's minimalist 1997 film documenting psychedelic folk-rocker Robyn Hitchcock's performances in a Manhattan storefront is given a worthy DVD release. These 14 songs, as sculpted by Hitchcock, sound better than ever. On DVD, Storefront Hitchcock makes a viewer marvel at the full, poetic sounds he is able to deliver with only a guitar and his voice. Whether Hitchcock is spinning between-song stories or baring his soul via music, the audio mix is stunning. Video quality is superb. Colors are vibrant. The tiled, mosaic window behind Hitchcock gives the best evidence of the astonishing colors the DVD is able to relate. While it would be nice to have a widescreen option, little is lost in the standard format. Indeed, the smaller frame demands a closer focus on Hitchcock's intricate guitar strumming. Certain scenes would have been enhanced by the cinematic aspect ratio, best evidenced on "You and Oblivion." During that performance, there's an extended, extreme close-up of Hitchcock and a lone light bulb when viewed in the cinema; on DVD, viewers are presented solely with Hitchcock's profile (with the light bulb offscreen), negating a fragile and pretty symbol. The only other negative is the absence of supplemental material. Additional performances of other songs or alternate takes of included songs would make for great "deleted" scenes. As concert films go, however, Storefront Hitchcock is absolutely essential, both as performance art and as a study in documentary filmmaking. It's a treasure that a filmed Robyn Hitchcock concert is available on DVD.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Listening to Robyn Hitchcock's songs is similar to experiencing a series of short, seemingly disjointed dreams that, upon waking, are remembered as one large dream whose meaning may not be too clear but leaves a humorous (or unsettling) feeling. Jonathan Demme captures that feeling with his usual expertise in Storefront Hitchcock. Released in 1997, this concert film extends the surreal elements of the songs themselves by including Hitchcock's between song patter. If one finds the meaning of his songs difficult to pin down, these supposed explanations will not help in slightest. But they do add yet another bizarre series of images to the viewer's brain. Afterward one may puzzle over why "The Yip Song" is about cancer, or why exactly Hitchcock dedicates one song to the human-created computers who have taken over the world -- but more often than not recalling those moments will simply produce a bemused smile. Hitchcock is a charming performer, as well as an excellent guitarist. Although his meanings may be opaque, his joy in performing is infectious. This is the quality that Demme captures. On a minimalist set in front of a giant storefront window that often reveals passersby looking in on the ongoing concert, Demme's observant camera captures every sly look from the performer and much of his inspired fretwork. Demme makes sure that Hitchcock is the only thing the audience can pay close attention to, and the performer is engaging enough to more than hold a viewer's interest for the film's brief 77-minute running time. Demme alters the look of the film subtly in order to keep it visually interesting, but it is Hitchcock's style, his words, and his persona that will stay with the viewer.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/29/2000
UPC:
0027616802323
Original Release:
1997
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Sound:
[stereo]
Time:
1:17:00

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Scene Index

Scene Selections
0. Scene Selections
1. Logo/"Rock & Roll" [1:56]
2. Devil's Radio [4:51]
3. "Deadsville" [:42]
4. 1974 [4:51]
5. Deni/Cucumbers & Beef [3:24]
6. A Filthy Bird [5:28]
7. Meeting Martha [1:38]
8. Let's Go Thundering [3:24]
9. Church of Carcasses [1:45]
10. I'm Only You [4:46]
11. Glass Hotel [3:22]
12. Minotaurs/The Bomb [2:42]
13. I Something You [2:32]
14. The Yip Song [4:02]
15. I Am Not Me [3:55]
16. You And Oblivion [5:10]
17. The Isle Of Wight [1:02]
18. Airscape [1:07]
19. Freeze [4:44]
20. Tim/Comfortable Song [4:33]
21. Alright, Yeah [1:40]
22. No, I Don't Remember Guilford/Credits [3:01]

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