Eric Clapton: A Life in 12 Bars (2017)


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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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All Critics (35) | Top Critics (6)

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…

The first hour is particularly noodly, presenting a lonely, isolated young Clapton finding solace in music.

Jan 10, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
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As a musical biography, this comes up short; it plays substantially better as a story of recovery and recovered integrity.

Nov 23, 2017 | Full Review…

The first 90 minutes or so here are gold ... even if fans might wish for more detail on the dizzying number of fabled bands Clapton formed and/or played with over a 10-year span.

Sep 27, 2017 | Full Review…
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A rock-doc less vibrant than most.

Sep 13, 2017 | Full Review…

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