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Elvis Costello: Mystery Dance (2014)

A documentary portrait of the chameleon musician Elvis Costello, chronicling the extraordinary journey from his childhood under the influence of his singer father to his early success with ... See full summary »

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Mark Kidel
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Elvis Costello ... Himself
Mark Ellen Mark Ellen ... Himself, music journalist
Paul McCartney ... Himself
Steve Nieve ... Himself, The Attractions
Nick Lowe ... Himself
Emmylou Harris ... Herself
Joe Loss Joe Loss ... Himself (archive footage)
Ross MacManus Ross MacManus ... Himself, father of Elvis Costello (archive footage)
Elton John ... Himself (archive footage)
Bruce Thomas ... Himself, The Attractions (archive footage)
Pete Thomas ... Himself, The Attractions (archive footage)
Smokey Robinson ... Himself (archive footage)
Ron Sexsmith ... Himself (archive footage)
Robert Wyatt Robert Wyatt ... Himself (archive footage)
T Bone Burnett ... Himself
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A documentary portrait of the chameleon musician Elvis Costello, chronicling the extraordinary journey from his childhood under the influence of his singer father to his early success with the Attractions and his subsequent disenchantment with fame, which led him to reinvent himself, and collaborate with iconic greats like Paul McCartney. Features intimate interviews with Costello and his fellow musicians. Written by miraclesinmurphy@gmail.com

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Documentary | Music

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PG
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UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 February 2014 (Japan) See more »

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Tramp the dirt down
9 February 2018 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

I had a school friend who fancied himself as the next Elvis Costello. Maybe because he wore geeky glasses and looked liked him. Sadly a runaway Reliant Robin damaged his guitar hand. Well accidents will happen!

Mark Kidel's documentary takes whistle stop look at Elvis Costello's career. He served notice by taking the blessed name of Elvis in the punk era of the mid 1970s.

Pretty soon he had his own Oliver's Army and embarked on a musical journey of different styles be it jazz, country or classical which opened up to him when he went to America.

I think Elvis Costello was lost and Declan MacManus was regained.

By the late 80s he collaborated and revitalised Paul McCartney who was reduced to singing with a frog chorus.

However I just felt that the whole program was a bit bland. Costello can be spiky and acerbic and this was just a bit too mellow.


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