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Rutles documentary stands test of time

Foursome's rock rolls in historic NBC special

It’s all here: The highs, the lows, the triumphs and tragedies — and, of course, the trousers. Even 30 years on, Rutles docu “All You Need Is Cash” endures as an insightful, breezily paced pic that etched the template for the many rock docs that followed.

Then and now, the best thing about “Cash” is how it perfectly captures its subject matter, particularly the joie de vivre that was Rutlemania at its peak. Variety noted this key element of the doc in its original review of the 90-minute NBC spesh in its March 22, 1978, edition.

“The show’s most potent force — more potent than the humor, the tugs of nostalgia or the on-target observations — is the vitality,” reviewer “Tome” noted. adding that even casual Rutles fans will be “tugged along at the irreverent look at a major force in comtemporary music.”

“Cash” is as much fun to watch as it is to listen to. Filmmakers also did plenty of homework, weaving in elements that offer great insight into musical and pop-culture history.

It’s fitting that “Cash,” like the Rutles themselves, set a standard that has yet to be exceeded.

TIP SHEET

What: The Rutles Reunion (30th Anniversary of NBC docu spesh “All You Need Is Cash”)

When: 7:30 and 10:30 p.m.

Where: Egyptian Theater, Hollywood

Web: rutles.org; modsandrockers.com; rutles.org/tributeconcert

Highlights: The Rutles in person; “All You Need Is Cash” screening.

TIP SHEET #2

What: Rutlemania! The Semi-Spectacular Tribute Concert

When: Los Angeles: March 19, 20 & 21 at 8 p.m.
New York: March 26, 27, 28 & 29 at 8 p.m.

Where: Los Angeles: Ricardo Montalban Theatre, 1615 Vine St.
New York: Blender Theater, 123 East 23rd St., NYC

Web: rutles.org; rutles.com

Highlights: Rutles tribute band The Pre-Fab Four in new Tribute Concert directed by Eric Idle with music by Neil Innes.

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