Spector’s spec­tre

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The Agony and the Ec­stasy of Phil Spector, doc­u­men­tary, not rated, The Screen, 3.5 chiles Early in The Agony and the Ec­stasy of Phil Spector, the record pro­ducer dis­cusses the re­sults of the ques­tion­naire for prospec­tive ju­rors in his first trial in 2007 for the murder of Lana Clark­son: “45 per­cent of them wrote down they be­lieved I was guilty,” he says in his nasal, high-toned lisp. “And 20 per­cent of them wrote down that I was in­sane!”

This doc­u­men­tary about the life and ca­reer of the fa­mous “wall of sound” pro­ducer be­hind such over­sized pop songs as The Ronettes’ “Be My Baby” and The Right­eous Broth­ers’ “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’” asks au­di­ence mem­bers to judge for them­selves whether Spector is guilty, in­sane, both, or — well, those are the only re­al­is­tic con­clu­sions one could come to. Di­rec­tor Vikram Jayanti con­structs the film with a foun­da­tion of footage from the trial and a lengthy in­ter­view with Spector. And in the process of mak­ing his

Coif medicine? Phil Spector

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