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Michael Jack­son’s Jour­ney from Mo­town to Off the Wall Sun­day, 9.10pm, Nine In the seven years since Michael Jack­son died, aged 50, af­ter suf­fer­ing a car­diac ar­rest, there have been count­less words writ­ten and films made about the show pony. Whether or not you were a fan, he was one of a kind, and tal­ented (in a weird way). Now it’s Spike Lee’s turn to shine the spot­light on a re­mark­able ca­reer. The New York di­rec­tor, pro­ducer and screen­writer has col­lected fresh ma­te­rial, in­clud­ing from Jack­son’s col­lec­tion, along with in­ter­views with mu­si­cians who knew him well and fam­ily mem­bers. He starts with the boy won­der sign­ing his first deal with Mo­town Records as a mem­ber of the Jack­son 5. His break­through solo al­bum, Off the Wall, re­leased in 1979, sold 20 mil­lion copies and it is this col­lec­tion of 10 songs that Lee ex­am­ines in de­tail. What emerges from the doc­u­men­tary — which, by the way, is full of live per­for­mance clips and won­der­ful pho­tos — is that this rock star was more than an ex­cep­tional singer and dancer; he was a ge­nius in­spired by an in­sa­tiable crav­ing to learn from peo­ple in the mu­sic in­dus­try. The gen­er­a­tion that grew up with Jack­son was never in doubt about his bril­liance, but an older gen­er­a­tion had its doubts — many prob­a­bly still do. Lee deftly mar­ries the geeky de­tails of the pop star’s life with a sub­jec­tive in­ter­pre­ta­tion of Jack­son’s cul­tural sig­nif­i­cance and im­pact.

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