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Straightforward, unexciting doc.
This movie is mind numbingly dull. Quite unlike the brilliant band. What a wasted opportunity.
The Monks were an strange, powerful, raw, awesome band of former GIs living in Germany in the 1960s. This documentary profiles how they came together, and were then reinvented with the help of a couple of German ad guys. It starts off a little slow and unfocused, but becomes more interesting as you learn where each Monk is now.
Watching this as a midnight movie was a mistake and a test not to fall asleep...
They drag the story as long as they can which adds up to bore the audience by repeating the same archive footage over and over again even going as far as zooming into the pictures to show simply a blurry mess.
Also you never sure when to read the subtitles as for most of the film its in german but keep your eye on them as some scenes switch to english subtitles making you miss half of the information.
The Monks, story is interting but whoever made this film probably got lucky as its very student like and destroys all interest in the group.
Interesting documentary about the Monks, 5 GIs in mid-60s Germany, who were the hardest band on the planet the precursors of punk, techno, and heavy metal. The music is great, but the documentary has one huge flaw. The Monks were the creation of two ad men, Walther Niemann and Karl Remy, who found this quintet playing Beatles covers as the Torquays, put them in the studio, and gave them a new direction. Niemann and Remy do not appear in the film. So this is a documentary about a pre-fab band but without the most interesting people, those who did the fabricating, the two who told the Torquays to play like no one else.
Wonderful documentary about a group of American G.I.'s stationed in Germany at the height of the Cold War who start a band unlike anything else, raw and aggressive in a confrontational manner, political at a time where the Beatles were still singing about holding hands. Hopefully this will bring in more people to the genius that was the Monks.
Its beat time, its hop time, its MONKS time now, YEAH !!
Dieser Film zeigt ein Deutschland in den sechziger Jahren, das weitgehend unbekannt ist.