Summer's here and the time is right for watching rock films is the dark, air-conditioned comfort of an art-house movie theater.
The Naro Expanded Cinema in the Ghent section of Norfolk will screen the LCD Soundsystem flick "Shut Up and Play the Hits" on Wednesday, Aug. July 18. It's described as a one-night-only special engagement, so the film will be showing across the nation on that night. The Naro will sell tickets to the film on the day of screening only. Expect a 9 or 9:30 p.m. showtime.
The movie documents the group's final show at Madison Square Garden last year, and, according to a printed preview, explores the mindset of band leader James Murphy as he set out to punctuate an era of his musical life.
The film is being distributed by Oscilloscope Laboratories, the production and distribution company of late Beastie Boy Adam Yauch, Pitchfork Media reports. Before he died, Yauch said of the documentary: "It can be pretty clear when a band starts, but perhaps less so when it ends, or how it should end. In that sense, it's brilliant of James [Murphy] to end it in such a definitive way."
Read what the New York Times had to say about the movie here.
Here's the trailer.
Here's the description of the movie from the Naro website.
"If it's a funeral... let's have the best funeral ever!" On April 2, 2011, LCD Soundsystem played its final show at Madison Square Garden. LCD frontman James Murphy had made the conscious decision to disband one of the most celebrated and influential bands of its generation at the peak of its popularity, ensuring that the band would go out on top with the biggest and most ambitious concert of its career. The instantly sold out, near four-hour extravaganza did just that, moving the thousands in attendance to tears of joy and grief, with New York Magazine calling the event "a marvel of pure craft" and Time magazine lamenting, "we may never dance again." Shut Up and Play the Hits is simultaneously a document of a once-in-a-lifetime performance and an intimate portrait of Murphy as he navigates both the personal and professional ramifications of his decision. (104 mins)
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