Eric Clapton: A Life in 12 Bars

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From an early age, Eric Clapton was captivated by the blues. As he says of his lifelong fascination: "It was always one man with his guitar versus the world. He was completely alone and had no options other than to just sing and play to ease his pain." In this unflinching and deeply personal documentary, director Lili Fini Zanuck (Oscar winner, Driving Miss Daisy) traces Clapton's five-decade career as he reflects candidly on how his life experiences were channeled into music. Through an extensive archive of performances and home movies, along with audio interviews from those who knew him best-George Harrison and Steve Winwood, among others-we come away with a deeper sense of what inspired the legendary musician and his unforgettable work.


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  • Photographs carry the story here, along with voices, rather than filmed interviews. Actually, it works.

    Feb 14, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Clapton simply hasn't anything profound or insightful to say about these episodes that you don't already get from his music.

    Feb 10, 2018 | Full Review…
  • One of the saddest moments I've ever seen in a film comes more than halfway into Lili Fini Zanuck's Eric Clapton: A Life in 12 Bars.

    Feb 9, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Lili Fini Zanuck's documentary gives us plenty of time to ponder Clapton's physique but if you're hoping to get inside the rock legend's head, look elsewhere.

    Jan 18, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • This is a dark and honest heartbreaker, built around a trio of tragedies.

    Jan 11, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Ed Potton

    Times (UK)
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  • Lightly informative, though the film is as humourless and straight as its subject.

    Jan 11, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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