Lambert & Stamp

Lambert & Stamp

DVD - 2015
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Aspiring filmmakers Chris Stamp and Kit Lambert set out to find a subject for their underground movie, one that will reflect the way it feels to be young and dissatisfied in postwar London. This unlikely partnership of two men from vastly different backgrounds was inspired by the burgeoning youth culture of the early 1960s. Lambert and Stamp searched for months and finally found in a band called the The Who a rebellious restlessness that was just what they were looking for.
Publisher: [Culver City, California] : Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment, [2015]
Characteristics: video file,DVD video
digital,optical
1 videodisc (117 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.

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mMat
Sep 27, 2017

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There is plenty to like about this documentary -- the archival footage of a multilingual Kit Lambert promoting The Who on German television and French radio; the present-day interviews of Pete Townshend -- but the film loses its direction in the second half, mirroring Lambert and Stamp's (and Keith Moon's) alcohol and drug abuse. It would've been nice to have more on Track Records, the label Lambert and Stamp started in order to horn in on some of the creative production of Jimi Hendrix. The most coherent part of the documentary is the section devoted to TOMMY. The whole reason Lambert and Stamp got into the business of managing a rock band was in order to eventually make a feature-length film. TOMMY was to be their golden ticket to Hollywood. But Townshend put the kibosh on it.

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Luckyxo
Aug 22, 2017

captivating documentary on the making of the Band The WHO

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AmyEighttrack
Aug 22, 2017

"...one of the greatest untold stories in rock." How two stifled, impatient young film auteurs (Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp) set a plan in motion to express their ideas and make their mark - and wound up helping to shape, nurture and launch one of the greatest bands ever. They became the Who's managers. Their vision helped lead them all in creative, artistic alchemy. The making of this film brings their plan of so long ago full circle. Kudos to all concerned.
Director James Cooper calls it "...a fabulous 'love story' between two people who shouldn't have been together. And it's a story about risking relationship with another person in order to find a greater depth to yourself." His vision for the film was as a living, ongoing entity.
There are so many good, inspiring ideas in the film, in the director's commentary, and in a bonus dialogue between Henry Rollins and the director. Pete Townshend has always been one of the most articulate, cerebral figures in rock - here we see that in action and see some of his formative influences.
It's a complex, compelling story of relationships: between the two managers; and between the Who and the two managers. The managers' original conceptual approach outlined herein is revelatory. It was intuited; yet with a philosophy behind it.
The film was painstakingly put together over ten years' time. All the rough edges are not hewn off. A lot of emotion is still present.
Fascinating. Audacious and outrageous. A must-see for anyone interested in that whole English (or European) post-war youth generation that spawned cultural, artstic and musical super-novas. Lots of historical footage of the Mods within context.
So glad I found this in my local library's 'recommended' section, just wanted to get the good word out!

Less a documentary about the lives of Lambert and Stamp than a movie that could have been titled "Lambert and Stamp Invent The Who." The end of Kit's life is barely referenced, as are his legal problems later in his (short) life as a result of his alcohol and drug abuse. More about Lambert can be gleaned from his Wikipedia page than this move. For fans of the Who this partnership should be fairly well known and not much new to add here, even from Townshend and Daltry's interviews. The most notable aspect of this film being the many clips of Lambert & Stamp (et. al.) probably first filmed as part of their initial effort to make a movie about the Who.

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greycupchamps99
Apr 23, 2016

I was expecting more from this film, the comments were repetitive and lacked depth. I was disappointed.

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downsman
Apr 18, 2016

I liked this doc, though I am not a big Who fan. It took a few minutes to get into it though, and it probably helped that I was a teenager in England in the 1960s which i think was a special time and place for aspiring young musicians.

real_thing Jan 15, 2016

If u like the group "The Who" here u go. To many interviews 4 me

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Ichigaga
Sep 30, 2015

Really only for fans of The Who. This film needed editing to keep it focused. Wanders around...like this review;) For Who fans this movie provides some background on Tommy and background on why Keith Moon ended up in L.A.

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