If you ever wished you could be a fly on the wall at a Neil Young recording session, his new film “Mountaintop” puts that desire to the test.
Or at least it severely tried the patience of any unsuspecting dates who were dragged along by Young fans to the film’s one night in North American theaters on Oct. 22, as they realized, possibly to their horror, that the entire film was going to consist of borderline-found footage picked up by stationary cameras in a recording studio where Young and his band Crazy Horse were recording their new album, “Colorado.”
Relationships have broken up under far less stress than the strain that “Mountaintop” puts on couples, when only one partner may think hearing Young yelling at his bandmates and engineers over the audibility of their monitor mixes counts as a fun night out at the movies.
Young is working again under his longstanding filmmaking pseudonym “Bernard Shakey,” a nom de plume that all but advertises that we should never expect what you would call a steady directorial hand at the helm.
In the ultra-vérité “Mountaintop,” Young assumes filmgoers knows why they’re there, so he doesn’t include any on-screen identifying credits or have anyone mention that this is the first album he’s recorded with Crazy Horse in seven years, and the first since old friend Nils Lofgren signed on as a new member.
“Mountaintop” will play for one night on November 28 in theaters in Europe and South America.
Read the story at Variety.
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