Tom Dowd and the Language of Music (2003)
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Independent filmmaker Mark Moormann directs the feature-length documentary Tom Dowd and the Language of Music. Shot on color and black-and-white16 mm film stock, the biography is a personal portrait of legendary recording engineer and producer Tom Dowd. The man himself is featured in a series of interviews from 1996 (the year he won a lifetime achievement award from the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences) until 2002 (the year of his death). Filmed at Criteria Studios in Miami, FL, he
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A fitting epitaph for a giant few people outside the industry knew but whose work everybody heard.
As a probing look at a really nice-guy genius in the studio world, it succeeds admirably.
Deserves credit, not only for choosing a wonderful and deserving subject for a film, but for doing him proud.
A loving portrait of 50 years of pop music and a man who by all accounts was a musical genius.
A must see for any fan of popular music from the latter half of the 20th century.
The film's high points are to be found in tremendous archival footage.
This highly enjoyable documentary makes sure that Dowd's contribution to the music business will not be forgotten.
If nothing else, you'll earn a new appreciation for the way music is produced.
Mark Moormann's documentary tends to the worshipful, but Dowd, a charmer onscreen, was by all accounts just as appealing in real life, a gentleman and a scholar who loved music, loved musicians and loved making them sound their best.
The film is full of artists' stories and testimonials from both the old and new schools of the music industry. But it is the delightfully charming Dowd that makes the movie. He's a hoot, and a legendary one at that.
A movie that overcomes a somewhat superficial approach and patchwork assembly through the sheer force of its subject. And the music ain't bad, either.
Like its subject, the movie is a tad overzealous, but often fascinating and revealing.
As affectionate and energetic as its subject.
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