2022   UK In the Court of the Crimson King: King Crimson at 50
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Director:Toby Amies
Studio:DGM Live, Succulent Pictures
Writer:Toby Amies
IMDb Rating:7.4 (571 votes)
Awards:1 nomination
Genre:Documentary, Comedy, Horror
Duration:86 min
Toby Amies  ...  (Director)
Toby Amies  ...  (Writer)
Toby Amies  ...  Self
Adrian Belew  ...  Self
Biff Blumfumgagnge  ...  Self, Robert Fripp's Guitar Technician
Bill Bruford  ...  Self
Mel Collins  ...  Self
Robert Fripp  ...  Self
Michael Giles  ...  Self
Trey Gunn  ...  Self
Gavin Harrison  ...  Self
Jakko M. Jakszyk  ...  Self
Tony Levin  ...  Self
Pat Mastelotto  ...  Self
Ian McDonald  ...  Self
Jamie Muir  ...  Self
Bill Rieflin  ...  Self
Pete Sinfield  ...  Self
David Singleton  ...  Self
Jeremy Stacey  ...  Self
Greg Lake  ...  Composer
Comments: It all started with a re-watch of Stop Making Sense when I found myself fondly missing/remembering Adrian Belew. I knew he wasn't going to be featured much in this, as he is not in the current iteration of the band, but he does have a couple great highlights for me:

If you are playing something in 7/8 time and you have to count it, you're doing it wrong. You just gotta find that 7/8 groove

Robert has a way of creating situations for music to emerge that you couldn't achieve otherwise

Fripp's tyranny was worth it for Adrian. I can't imagine two different guitar players. Fripp sits in a chair wearing a starched white shirt and tie (usually under a vest) and is all about discipline and technique. Adrian usually flails about on stage in brightly colored clown suits and uses his guitar to make animal noises or the sound of a machine breaking down

Adrian can go head to head with Fripp in discipline and technique, though. But it's not a vice versa situation. They make for a very interesting dynamic duo ... "two sides of a coin", as Adrian describes it

My favorite anecdote which is not true at all but is 100% accurate in what it describes:
Fripp recorded a guitar solo for David Bowie's Scary Monsters title track. Later, when Adrian was going to play some live dates with Bowie, he was asked to recreate the Fripp solo as best he could. He wasn't told they mastered the track by running Fripp's solo backwards. Adrian nailed it. No problem

Sorry. All this has very little to do with the particular documentary at hand, which KC neophytes should absolutely not look to as an introduction to the band. This doc is hilariously WTF

Fripp was a dick and he wants everyone to know it because he's so proud of the music the wildly different incarnations of the band produced over the years that he dares you to think it would have been possible any other way. We never see him raise his voice. That's not his style. He leads by example. He cares. Make no mistakes. Discipline and Technique

Shout out to Bill Rieflin. A beautiful man who died during the making of this doc . WTF

A nun is interviewed about her love for the band. She totally gets it/them

The doc is very funny but you need to bring your own context

btw - I'm not much of a King Crimson fan (or "prog rock" in general), but I have gobs of respect for all the musicians who've played with the band over the years -- check their Wiki page for who's who. It's nuts

I really only like the Three of a Perfect Pair primary colored albums with Adrian Belew. He joined the band right after finishing his tour with Talking Heads -- full circle, no surprise if you've been paying attention

Discipline is my all time favorite. It's no wonder they are extremely popular in Japan

Summary: What began as a straightforward documentary about the cult rock band King Crimson as it turned 50, mutated into an exploration of time, death, family, and the transcendent power of music to change lives. But with jokes.

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