“The Agony and the Ecstasy of Phil Spector,” which the New York Times called “creepily riveting,” will make its West Coast debut at the American Cinematheque’s Egyptian Theatre for a one-week engagement beginning Aug. 19.
The centerpiece of the one-hour and 40-minute doc, directed by Vikram Jayanti, is an interview conducted with the legendary producer behind the “Wall of Sound” in his Alhambra mansion between his first and second trials for the murder of actress Lana Clarkson. Spector was convicted of second-degree manslaughter and is serving a 19-years-to-life sentence.
The film reportedly shows Spector in all of his egotistical glory, donning a page-boy wig that one might associate with Little Lord Fauntelroy, discussing his collaborations with the Ronettes, the Crystals, the Beatles and, individually, John Lennon and George Harrison.
He also supposedly takes pains to discredit such talents as Tony Bennett and Brian Wilson, whose “Good Vibrations” recording with the Beach Boys he dismisses as “an edit record.”
Check www.americancinematheque.com for more info.