Yet this companion piece to the film is perfectly complementary, deceptively discerning collection, even apart from the previously-unreleased items it contains. Bold As Love Reprise, figures prominently on the former title, as does a broader selection of material than its predecessor. Yet, the pair are arguably more noteworthy as jumping off points to delve into the five-disc anthology Give Me Strength:
The Showtime feature is slated for limited theatrical release early next year, prior to its Feb. As absorbing as much of this material is, the lengthy feature does not feel definitive: It commits the typical music-doc sin of devoting nearly all its time to a celebrated first professional decade, then hastily skimming past all events since.
Further, the limited attention paid to later years dwells entirely on already amply chronicled struggles with addiction and personal tragedy, basically ignoring any music made after Though it all, Clapton himself remains somewhat elusive, save when acting badly under the influence; he has never been one to wear emotions on his sleeve.
More Reviews Film Review: Introduced to American blues music through a U. Clapton was one of few white players considered a true bluesman, and he championed black American blues greats notably B. King throughout his career. He became the star attraction in a series of influential but short-lived bands: There was heroin, then alcohol, sometimes cocaine, sometimes all the above.
It was a horrendous loss, but Clapton eventually moved on to a second marriage and further offspring. Less about his personal life and more about his professional one would have made for a more valuable document overall. Nevertheless, the archival footage here is diverse and absorbing, and the assembly well paced.
Archival voices heard encompass Harrison and Jimi Hendrix; the latter and Clapton are sweetly if hazily besotted with one another in a vintage audio clip.
Mixing of the variable live and studio tracks is up to the standard that old-school audiophiles will expect. Altitude Film Sales, London.
Directed by Lili Fini Zanuck. Screenplay, Scooter Weintraub, Larry Yelen.A fascinating journey into the life of Eric Clapton.
As someone who has been an avid Clapton fan from the beginning, it was quite interesting to read about his growth and evolution as a musician over the years and with his different groups/5(16). Clapton's solo career began in the s, In , a documentary film titled Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars was directed by Lili Fini Zanuck.
Clapton's music has appeared in dozens of movies and television shows as far back as 's Mean Streets which featured the song "I Looked Away". Feb 10, · "Obviously, when I got to the age to buy records, I went and bought them," the singer and guitarist, now 72, recalls in "Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars," a new documentary set to air Saturday night.
But 'Eric Clapton: A Life in 12 Bars' was spectacular, it delved into the personal life of Clapton: his struggles through drug and alcohol abuse, his girlfriends, his family life and career. It was very revealing.
Eric Clapton's stellar career and tortured personal life make a compelling but depressing autobiography, says Caspar Llewellyn Smith. But 'Eric Clapton: A Life in 12 Bars' was spectacular, it delved into the personal life of Clapton: his struggles through drug and alcohol abuse, his girlfriends, his family life and career.
It was very revealing.