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Ain't In It For My Health: A Film About Levon Helm (2013)

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Director Jacob Hatley's intimate documentary finds Mr. Helm at home in Woodstock, NY, in the midst of creating his first studio album in 25 years. Shot during the course of two-plus years, this highly anticipated film focuses in on the four-time Grammy winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member after his 2007 comeback album, Dirt Farmer, brought him back to the spotlight. (c) Kino Lorbermore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts, Documentary
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On DVD: Oct 7, 2013
Box Office: $99.1k
Runtime:
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Critic Reviews for Ain't In It For My Health: A Film About Levon Helm

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[A] bittersweet, frustratingly impressionistic documentary ...

Full Review… | September 5, 2013
Boston Globe
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Loose and ragtag, stirring and poignant, the documentary "Ain't in It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm" proves a fitting tribute to its late star ...

Full Review… | June 12, 2013
Los Angeles Times
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The portrait of the ailing artist is bittersweet, but when Helms sings or plays, the look on his face is pure joy.

Full Review… | June 7, 2013
Globe and Mail
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Less than satisfying treatment of beloved musician, who never quite lets his guard down.

Full Review… | May 2, 2013
Newsday
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It's a sympathetic portrait of an artist whose heart lay more with new work than old glories, right up to the end.

Full Review… | April 19, 2013
New York Post
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An affectionate tribute and a gift for fans who grew fond of his company on records or at concerts and who would like a little bit more.

Full Review… | April 18, 2013
New York Times
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Audience Reviews for Ain't In It For My Health: A Film About Levon Helm

I find these personal looks at rock legends to be very interesting but this one left me a little wanting. The historical role that Helm plays in delivering on some of the Band's most popular songs is highlighted here but a lot of filming is done of Helm before his death doing day to day activities with little insight into his musical genius. It is quite telling that it doesn't appear that Helm particularly wanted to talk to the film makers and conversations with others were required to flesh out missing dialogue.

John Ballantine
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