The Agony and Ecstasy of Phil Spector

Legendary American record producer Phil Spector, who worked with The Beatles and enjoyed his most prolifically successful period between 1960 and 1965 when he produced 25 top forty hits, hit the headlines in 2003 when the actress Lana Clarkson was found dead in Spector’s Californian mansion. Despite the alleged murder he was released on $1 million bail. He was found guilty at a second  trial in 2008 and sentenced to a minimum of 19 years in jail. He is likely to die incarcerated.

The Agony and Ecstasy of Phil Spector is a 2009 documentary which looks back at the life of Spector, from his rise to prominence as the innovative creator of the ‘wall of sound’ production technique, right up to the infamous murder of the 41 year old actress Lana Clarkson who was found dead at Spector’s mansion. This documentary actually features interviews with Spector himself, shot in the period between the end of his first murder trial and the beginning of his second murder trial.

Also including in the film is archive footage of various other people of interest including Tina Turner, Ronnie Spector, and indeed Lana Clarkson. To be brutally honest, the only compelling parts of the documentary are the interviews with Spector himself. If it wasn’t for that ‘coup’ the film would be of little interest to anybody other than hardcore Spector fans or those who have a particularly strong interest in his production techniques. Spector makes for a fascinating subject, you may love him or you may hate him, you can’t deny that he makes for intriguing viewing.


Running Time: 102 minutes

Year: 2009

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