U2: Rattle and HumDirector: Phil Joanou, U2, B.B. King
This excellent documentary follows the Irish group U2 on their concert tour of the United States in support of their seventh album Joshua Tree. The politically involved rock quartet sets their sights on American musical influences, previously ignored. They quickly immerse themselves in the musical culture with a recording session at the legendary Sun Studios in Memphis. Four tracks were recorded that ended up on their next record appropriately called Rattle And Hum. Blues Legend B.B.King adds his vocals and guitar work to "Love Comes To Town," and "Angel Of Harlem" is a passionate tribute to the late Billie Holiday. In addition to their original material, the band covers gems from The Beatles, Bob Dylan, and Jimi Hendrix. Director Phil Joanou combines black-and-white with color photography to capture the band on and off the stage. Only the band's visit to Elvis Presley's Graceland seems out of context with the rest of the feature. Although the band's reverence for Elvis and his music is evident, they are merely tourists standing on the other side of a velvet rope. Spinal Tap had a more poignant visit to the king's palace, but Rattle And Hum is still one of the best musical documentaries of all time. Both the musical and political passion of U2 is evident in every frame.
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- [B&W, Wide Screen]
- [Dolby Digital Stereo]
- Sony PSP
Cast & Crew
|Jordan S. Cronenweth||Cinematographer|
|Gregg Fienberg||Associate Producer,Asst. Director,Production Manager|
|Paul McGuinness||Executive Producer|
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This movie truly shows an insight into U2's state of mind- and their state of creation. Their highly marketable gospel and blues mixture has sold millions of records. This concert film shows that although U2's sound (excluding Boy) can come off as pop... that's NOT what they are. Perhaps the most inspirational part of the whole movie is when they record "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" with a gospel choir from Harlem. After that comes the closing speech, Bono's famed "F*ck The Revolution" speech. It also contains the rare sight of Bono spraypainting Embacardo, which gained him hefty fees. The outcome of these sights is the overall feeling that although U2 has been criticized for being commercially safe and a group of sell outs, they do have completely true intentions. There are only three downsides for this whole film: it's slightly grainy due to the lack of technology to successfully reproduce it, it's lacking some of the "interview" material that is so talked about... and many songs from it aren't known to listeners of the pre '88 era. However, the Rattle and Hum album shows a side for U2- one that should be enough to change anyone's mind about "Achtung Baby".
This rock-docu is an absolute must for any U2 fan (or anyone interested in the rock docu's)! Enjoyed every minute of is (except the manner in which Adam is treated throughout, but that's just a personal objection). Other than the latter, it is a wonderful piece that captures the last tour before U2 re-invented themselves (which they continue to do).