Thursday, May 6 POWERS: STEPHIN MERRITT AND THE MAGNETIC FIELDS
(Kerthy Fix, Gail O’Hara, U. S.). 84 minutes. Rating: This is exactly the kind of deeply intimate and revealing documentary about a musician that fans hope for but usually don’t get until after an artist dies. Instead of a parade of talking heads gushing over Stephin Merritt’s talents, the film offers a warts-and-all look behind the scenes and into the complicated psyche of the revered songwriter.
Merritt is a notorious curmudgeon and has reduced some music journalists to tears. You don’t get any sense that he’d be fun to hang out with, but he’s a fascinating character and easily one of the smartest people in indie pop music.
Even people who’ve never heard a Magnetic Fields tune should find this film deeply engrossing.