Scott Walker: 30 Century Man


Scott Walker: 30 Century Man (2006)


Critic Consensus: Scott Walker: 30 Century Man is a stylish portrait of an influential artist that will fascinate fans and neophytes alike.


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Interview with reclusive musician Scott Walker as well as the groups who've been influenced by Walker's work including David Bowie, Sting, Franz Ferdinand and Radiohead.

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Critic Reviews for Scott Walker: 30 Century Man

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Scott Walker: 30 Century Man (which takes its title from a Walker-penned song) makes a fascinating case that in the years that followed, Walker became the music equivalent of a 'poet's poet.'

Mar 6, 2009 | Rating: 3/4

Scott Walker: 30 Century Man chronicles the career of musician Scott Walker, an enigmatic figure whose influence far outreaches his relative obscurity.

Feb 27, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Scott Walker: 30 Century Man is the latest in a mini-wave of pop-music docs, like The Devil and Daniel Johnston, that try to inflate cult figures into lost geniuses.

Feb 25, 2009 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Director Stephen Kijak not only got a composed, almost warm interview out of Walker, but he filmed some of the sessions for Walker's latest adventuresome recording project.

Jan 23, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Scott Walker: 30 Century Man glosses over the depression and alcoholism that have bedeviled Walker as well as any relationships he might have had. But that doesn't make the film any less interesting.

Dec 19, 2008 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Scott Walker: 30 Century Man, is the story of and oracular singer, experimental composer, British-based American expatriate and reclusive cult figure.

Dec 17, 2008 | Rating: 3.5/5

Audience Reviews for Scott Walker: 30 Century Man


Scott Walker's music is an acquired taste -- a taste that I've only partially acquired myself -- but I feel no such ambivalence about this documentary. Fascinating from beginning to end. The tale of this shadowy musician's rise, fall, transformation and rebirth seems so archetypal that one half-expects the credits to reveal it's a work of fiction...some knowing pastiche or myth dreamed up by an imaginative music fanatic. But no, this is fact. My one small misgiving is that the film is rather UK-centric. The contemporary musicians interviewed are all trendy UK tastemakers, and often they're not nearly as well-known in the United States. This leaves most Americans without an easy entry point into the tale. Walker's impact may be dominantly overseas but, if so, then we could have used more insight as to why he's such a marginal cult figure in the States.

Eric Broome
Eric Broome

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I had never heard of Scott Walker, but I found this documentary very interesting, and also his music very interesting (especially as his career goes on). Includes interviews from a lot of other good musicians such as Jarvis Cocker and David Bowie.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

a fascinating look at the reclusive musician, who rose from boy band pop icon of the 60's to a truly avant garde artist. not as well known as he should be, especially in his native america (not that he cares), his influence can be heard from bowie to the the smiths to radiohead and beyond. his dramatic baritone voice, painting extraordinary images with abstract poetry, sounds like nobody else. i hadn't heard of him til fairly recently, my bad, but i certainly admire his courageous creative spirit and loyalty to his unique muse. and i'm acquiring a taste for his music too. he's still recording, every 10 years or so, most recently the drift in 2006.

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

Good as it was, after watching Scorsese's Dylan movie, "No Direction Home", I didn't feel like I knew its enigmatic subject any better than I did beforehand, but this superb documentary about Scott Walker is surprisingly revealing. If he weren't American by birth, Walker could easily be the archetypal wilfully eccentric Englishman, ploughing his own lonely furrow. Though littered with insightful contributions from Walker's peers, whose diversity reflects the visionary trail blazed from his boy-band roots, what makes the film are the candid interviews with the man himself. For all the genuine demystification, Scott Walker remains just as fascinating an artist at the close: an uncompromising perfectionist, riddled with insecurity. There are a couple of unintentionally funny glimpses of Walker at work in the studio though, which are reminiscent of Reeves and Mortimer's Mulligan and O'Hare at their most avant garde. I caught this again on TV recently and I am sure it had been re-edited, with a couple of bits taken out.

Stephen M
Stephen M

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