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Nick Cave: 20,000 Days on Earth
A semi-fictionalized documentary about a day in the life of Australian musician Nick Cave's persona.
Came in with no real relationship to Nick Cave or his music and loved this trip... It doesn't exactly enter F FOR FAKE territory, but it's just contrived and calibrated enough, with Cave openly musing about his fascination with narratives and instinctive need to embellish his own experiences, that it wouldn't shock me to learn that the "documentary's" only bit of truth – so far as these things go – is what I came in already knowing: Cave is a fringe rock star who spends a lot of time writing and recording songs. Maybe he doesn't live in Brighton, isn't married to a (stunning) woman named Suzie, doesn't have twin boys, doesn't see a therapist, and there's no team of…
"I am transforming, I am vibrating - I'm glowing - I'm flying! Look at me now!"
I used to suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder. It's much better now - I'm miserable all the year round these days - and one of the ways I used to get it under control was to take photos and videos of grey, rainy skies. If I could take the weather that was troubling me and turn it into a matter of exposure lengths and f-stops, I could control it.
One of the many, many, many revelations of Jane Pollard and Iain Forsyth's new film about Nick Cave is that he used to do the same thing. Although Cave never struck me as the sort…
Nick Cave plays Nick Cave in a 'documentary' that at times seems to encompass larger cinematic proportions than you would typically associate with the genre. The film is presented as his 20,000 day alive since birth, 24 hours in the life of an artist, a husband, a Dad, a dreamer, a realist and a middle-age man living in Brighton. To call this a documentary is not really true in the strictest sense, regularly drifting into the fictional realm so often inhabited by its subjects songs.
Certainly if you are turned on by the idea of delving into an artists creative process, being taken into the confusing, restless mind that attempts to make sense of their life and world around them…
Memories don’t matter so much to me for I often tend to recall the bad ones: those in which I did something embarrassing or which are dominated by disappointment. Not that I am unhappy about the things I do, it’s just that the good ones fade much faster. Watching a guy recall his memories therefore doesn’t appeal to me as a concept for a ‘documentary’, especially since I’m not a Nick Cave fan per se, although this film fortunately centred on his latest album - Push the Sky Away - that I’ve acquainted more than the rest of his back catalogue. There way too much semi-philosophical mumbling that may work for his spoken-words style of song writing, but which, as…
When I talk about editing as a creative art form, I'm thinking of things like showing Nick Cave kicking the air, then cutting in mid-movement to his younger self completing the same move. Poetry, commentary and emotion in one cut.
This is still brilliant.
Now I will tell you how to slay the dragon.
20,000 Days on Earth is simply the feeling you get when something higher than yourself is levelling with you. Nick Cave, a being drifting around in the philosophical stratosphere at the dumbest of times, is an artist that I never expected to decipher, nor even appreciate. The trailer of this quasi-documentary suggests further impenetrable ramblings about 'Important Stuff', yet I can't imagine a more inviting and welcoming creation of random musings than this.
Tinkering with structure playfully, 20,000 Days's concept is slight yet expansive. Following Nick Cave's 20,000th day on Planet Earth (we can only assume he's spent many more days on other planets), it segues between reminiscing about the…
Tio Cave cantas muy bien y tienes temazos pero te molas mucho.
20,000 Days on Earth isn’t so much a portrait of an ageing artist looking back on his life and career, as it is a meditation on the power of the human mind. Oozing with creative bravura amidst its surreal atmosphere, the film subverts all expectations, ditching the typical rock doc formula, and instead, giving us some of the most purely cinematic experiences in recent memory, while also digging deep into Cave’s persona, showing us what the man is all about.
However, 20,000 Days on Earth does have some glaring flaws - one of them particularly being its length. At 98 minutes, the film feels slightly overlong, and would have benefited from 15 to 20 minutes being cut out - this…
Writer and musician Nick Cave marks his 20,000th day on the planet Earth.
I really enjoyed this hyper-stylized documentary. I am sure that it wouldn't play well to people outside of Cave's fan base. It's refreshing and strange to see something like this put together.
Ultimately it is just incredibly fascinating and original.
I'm not exactly what I just saw. It felt like a Nick Cave mockumentary directed by somebody like Armando Iannucci, Stewart Lee or Peter Serafinowicz and I mean that as a compliment.
I saw Nick Cave live once and he scared the crap out of me. His story about Nina Simone in this film made me laugh because she in turn had the same affect on him. All in all Cave seems like a nice and pretty respectable guy in 20,000 Days though, which is a tongue in cheek "documentary" on his life. Most of what happens is staged but the scenarios are prompts for Cave to talk about his life in a candid way. There are also scenes of him working on his album Push the Sky Away which are equally fanscinating. Even if you're not a huge fan of his music, Cave is an intriguing enough person that you're still caught up in the film. Side note: I had no idea Kylie played such an important part in his career. She's featured in the film about as much as Warren Ellis.
Interesting pseudo-doc. It would have been significantly more effective if they did work more historical info and older music in. But an interesting experiment.
Nick Cave spends his 20,000th day on earth driving around Brighton, being interviewed, having lunch with Warren Ellis and visiting the Nick Cave archive. Part documentary, part fiction, this is an original, engaging and humorous portrait of the singer and writer. I also spotted my old flat just before the credits rolled.
I've had an interest in Nick Cave for almost 20 years, and yet I'd only ever bought one album - Murder Ballads - and I hated it. There's a moment in this movie, where Cave reveals that I'm not the only person to have had this experience. Loved the one hit, bought the album, never listened to his stuff again. Rather than turning away though, I've remained fascinated by the bloke for two decades and so I was very excited to watch this, and it doesn't disappoint. It's just the right mix of personal footage, discussion on Cave's past experiences, combined with recording sessions and live performances.
If this movie was in any way a marketing tool, then it worked. The next day, I bought two albums. And I love them to bits.
As "real" as - for e.g. - EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP or THE IMPOSTER; but it is beautifully crafted and completely absorbing. Staged or not, it is a fascinating watch. #see
Taken from this Slashfilm article and Letterboxd-erized here, for my convenience (and yours).
Edit: I re-ordered them so the films…
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