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I Am Trying to Break Your Heart (2002)

Unrated | | Documentary, Music | 21 June 2002 (USA)
First-time filmmaker and award-winning photographer Sam Jones documents the recording of Wilco's album, "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot."

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Cast

Credited cast:
Jeff Tweedy ... Self
John Stirratt John Stirratt ... Self
Leroy Bach Leroy Bach ... Self
Glenn Kotche Glenn Kotche ... Self
Jay Bennett Jay Bennett ... Self
Greg Kot Greg Kot ... Self
Tony Margherita Tony Margherita ... Self
Fred Armisen ... Self
Wes Orshoski Wes Orshoski ... Self
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bill Bentley Bill Bentley
David Bither David Bither
Lin Brehmer Lin Brehmer
Chris Brickley Chris Brickley
Ken Coomer Ken Coomer ... Self
David Fricke David Fricke
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First time director Sam Jones documents the making of Wilco's fourth studio Album, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. Named after the Wilco song that is featured on Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, an album that strays from the Alt-country that made them famous. Jones' desire was to document the creative work of YHF's production, he seems to have found a bit more, including band members departing and a conflict with Reprise record company. This is a true documentry of art versus money-driven media conglomerates. Written by J. Robert Putzer <hoplite59@yahoo.com>

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Documentary | Music

Certificate:

Unrated
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Details

Official Sites:

Wilco the Movie

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 June 2002 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,776, 28 July 2002

Gross USA:

$445,522

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$445,522
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

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1.85 : 1
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According to Sam Jones, the members of Wilco never complained or asked for space during filming. At one point, Jones said, "I had the camera next to (John Stirratt), pointing straight at him, and he flubbed his bass line. The song stopped, and (Jay Bennett) yelled out, 'That one was going so great!' I felt terrible, but John, ever the gentleman, claimed that I didn't have anything to do with him messing up. (Yeah right, you try doing your job all day with a virtual stranger pointing a giant camera at you.)" See more »

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References Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) See more »

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A fascinating if badly made documentary
11 February 2005 | by hellomynameishenrySee all my reviews

firstly i'm a huge wilco fan and therefore was always going to like this, even if it was directed by michael bay and shot on a ninety eighties camcorder. It has fantastic footage that allows you to get into the 'wilco world' and generally made me very jealous.

however i don't believe sam jones has any clout as a film maker. The biggest flaw seems to be that it doesn't get what yankee hotel foxtrot really is as an album. Even in the commentary Jeff Tweedy shows his surprise at jones' inclusion of live versions of songs from earlier albums like 'being there'.

The big problem is that the album clearly changed a great deal after mr bennett left the band and jim o rourke turned a collection of good and slightly less than good rock songs into a ground-breaking piece of rock and roll. O rourke made the album great, hearing the versions that were painstakingly put together before Jim came on board proves this and yet Jones failed to make him a central part of the doc, relagated him to one joint interview with Jeff Tweedy when he says nothing.

Unfortunately this film only tells half the story and therefore feels half-finished and padded out with lots of material that could have been put on the, already very healthy, special features discs. Having said all this it is still worth watching but not worth worshipping, a bit like yankee hotel foxtrot (unless you're listening to it on vinyl of course!).


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