Archive of films Sparks Brothers / The Sparks Brothers
United Kingdom / USA
2021, 141 min
How can a rock band be both successful and underappreciated, highly influential and overlooked? Sparks – brothers Ron and Russell Mael – have always loved pop and also rule over it with a sense of perspective. A film for cultural historians and fans of camp: a celebration of fifty years of existence in a manic cinematic extravagance.
A film full of absurdity, since pop music itself is absurd. Few bands can celebrate fifty years of existence with a manic cinematic extravagance full of wild techniques and fun facts that also reflects their unique experience of five decades on the scene. Sparks – i.e., Ron and Russell Mael – are as unpredictable as they are fascinating. The history and views of these founders of art pop are presented in a manic film full of cultural references and archival associations. Edgar Wright (Baby Driver) has come up with a madcap work that is nevertheless profoundly melancholic and with a deep message. Sparks has been rightfully called “your favorite band’s favorite band.”
About the director
Edgar Wright (1974, Poole, Dorset, United Kingdom). Selected filmography: Shaun of the Dead (2004), Hot Fuzz (2007), Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010), Baby Driver (2017), The Sparks Brothers (2021), Last Night in Soho (2021).
About the film
Color, Black & White, DCP
|Dir. of Photography:||Jake Polonsky|
|Art Director:||Ves Philippi|
|Producer:||Nira Park, Edgar Wright|