Strange Powers: Stephin Merrit and The Magnetic Fields

Strange Powers: Stephin Merrit and The Magnetic Fields (2010) is a film about Stephin Merritt and the excellent, quirky band The Magnetic Fields. The documentary really works because the members of the band are charming and were prepared to work with the film maker. Merritt is brilliant. He’s clever and funny on camera and on stage consistently. Claudia Gonson, who is Merritt’s life long friend and is the manager of the band is also charming. The other members of the band, Sam Davol and John Woo, don’t appear as much although Davol is interviewed and is also fun.

For anyone who likes The Magnetic Fields the documentary is well worth watching. For people indifferent to their music it is still worth a look because Merritt and co are so charming and fun.

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