The White Stripes Under Great White Northern Lights (2010)
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Malloy mixes gorgeously grainy black-and-white and color footage of Jack and Meg White onstage and off; practically every shot in the movie could be blown up into a wall-sized poster.
Some of the most subtly shot and well-recorded concert footage ever from a band not named the Rolling Stones.
A lively document of a revolutionary band on tour in Canada - and a stark reminder of what a music documentary should do.
Both film and band really come alive when the White Stripes get onstage.
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A close, intimate look at one of the best bands ever, The White Stripes, and their tour across Canada and the various locations they play and people they meet. This film is mainly a montage of their concert performances across the country, but the real special moments of the film often take place when Meg and Jack are in a room alone, with Jack musing about various things while Meg quietly, politely listens on. If anything, this movie shows a tender love story and a band taking a step back from its massive success and fame to go back and perform at random clubs and meet their true, die-hard fans in a very personal setting. It really is a shame they are no longer together, because the touching conclusion of this film showed the promise and deep connection these two artists had with each other.
"UNDER GREAT WHITE NORTHERN LIGHTS" is one of the best musical documents I've ever seen, and stand comfortably among the likes of GIMME SHELTER and THE LAST WALTZ. The White Stripes (well, Jack mostly) have an unmistakable raw energy when it come to their live shows, and this docu-concert displays it perfectly (across their most innovative tour).
If your a fan of THE WHITE STRIPES, Jack White, or garage rock (like I am), this film is a must see. Everyone else should still check it out because they just might be converted!
Fans of the band will enjoy this, but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone else. It's mainly all concert footage with a few little interviews here and there.
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