Review: DAVID CROSBY: REMEMBER MY NAME Is A Personal And Contemplative Reflection On A Great Career

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A uniquely personal portrait of a great musician, David Crosby: Remember My Name offers an interesting examination of fame and mortality (and some funny stories).
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David Crosby: Remember My Name is a new documentary about the life of the eponymous musician of The Byrds and Crosby, Stills, and Nash fame. An intimate portrait of an iconic artist, this is a fascinating documentary, particularly if you are a fan of classic rock who wants to learn more about the people who made some of your favorite songs.

This film features interviews with Crosby today as he reflects on his life and magnificent career. Anyone who knows anything about Crosby knows that he had an interesting and crazy life, so getting any opportunity to see him talk about it is absolutely wonderful. He has so many stories to tell, and as the movie discusses, no one knows how much more time he has to tell them. As a result, this film really couldn’t come at a better time.

Many of Crosby’s stories are humorous anecdotes telling about the hijinks that he would go through either on his own or with his former bandmates. The opening of the movie is one of these, and it gets you laughing right off the bat. This really solidifies the film’s main purpose of paying homage to a great musician and his life, giving us a deeper glimpse into who he was and who he is now.

There are also some of the stories that get really deep and emotional. This is particularly the case when Crosby is discussing his mortality and medical conditions. Even the movie’s title is associated with Crosby’s fear of being forgotten after he dies. However, as this film makes clear, Crosby will never be forgotten, both because of the mark he left on the music industry and the person he is.

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David Crosby, Jan Dance. Photo by Edd Lukas and Ian Coad. Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.

Over the course of the movie, you will feel like you are getting to know Crosby on a deeper level, thanks to the fact that this film takes a more personal approach than most biographical documentaries. Instead of presenting a general survey of his life, the filmmakers allow Crosby to tell his own story and support him through visual means.

A majority of the movie is comprised of interviews with Crosby himself. Although there are a few short bits about his other band members, the focus is firmly on him or the contributions he made to his groups. Archive and performance footage are used to supplement Crosby’s performances, but for the most part, we are living in the present as Crosby talks about the past.

Of course, with so many memorable songs under his belt, this documentary would have to sound great, and it does. Crosby’s music is frequently used to underscore the film, particularly when he is referencing a particular song. Performance footage of his recent solo tours is also used, and is very nice to watch.

David Crosby: Remember My Name is a well-made documentary about a great musician. Because of its unique and personal approach, this movie stands out from other biographical music documentaries and is a must-watch for any music head.

David Crosby: Remember My Name is now playing in theaters.

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Sean Boelman
Sean is a film student, aspiring filmmaker, and life-long cinephile. For as long as he can remember, he has always loved film, but he credits the film Pan's Labyrinth as having started his love of film as art. Sean enjoys watching many types of films, although some personal favorite genres include dramatic comedies, romantic comedies, heist films, and art horror.

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