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An enjoyable, mildly pretentious documentary about music photographer Mick Rock, who just happened to be born with the right name and skillset at just the right time.
The tale is told entirely through Rock's perspective, with no friends, colleagues or talking heads weighing in. But that turns out to be no detriment, since the Cambridge-educated photographer proves a witty and rueful commentator ...
David Bowie's favorite photographer gets his close-up in this candid and compelling documentary.
The movie's approach is gratuitously grandiose.
Rock speaks touchingly of his friendships with Bowie, Reed and Syd Barrett, as well as his addictions. But the thousands of other faces and photos he shot pass much too quickly ...
This is a documentary that is made for a rather narrow audience of rock fans, but for that audience there's a lot to like about SHOT!
As well as a gifted photographer, Rock is a raconteur, with the subjects of his stories needing no introduction. But the real stars of the show here are his pictures, and that is as it should be.
Its main talker is the man himself, who takes an amused yet earnest view of his life and times.
Rock's wildest years - both the man and the music - swirl together into a psychedelic maelstrom of pills, pictures and brilliantly creative swearing.
"I like your name," said David Bowie when he first met Mick Rock. "It can't be real." Well it was, and Rock would more than live up to it.
It's a treat to feast on these iconic images and here the stories behind them, although Rock is so laconic and hippy-dippy about his craftsmanship it ends up doing something of a disservice to his artistry ...
The standard talking-heads-and-archive-footage doc this is not.
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