Moog

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Moog Review


It's practically impossible to make a niche film about an artist or inventor that is going to capture their impact on their community, their development over time, and their lifestyle as an entire person with multiple interests. It takes longer than the 70 minutes that Moog runs, and also avid passion (not to mention finances) to keep it up over time so that you'll see the full extent of each part of that person's toil. Because it is such an enormous undertaking, writer/director Hans Fjellestad intelligently spends much of the insert to his film describing, and apologizing for, why he didn't follow the conventions of what you would normally expect in a documentary about someone.

The problem with Moog becomes that, because of these content limitations, you're left staring at one talking head conversation after another that struggles to make a cohesive fanboy-whole out of shreds of disparate information. It takes too much time for outsiders of the music industry to get any grip on when any of the events happened, or how the practice of synthesizing, still very much in use today, gained the momentum and respect that Robert Moog obviously deserves for putting it on the map.

That's not to say the documentary isn't enjoyable, you just end up wishing for more material about almost every tidbit that spills out of someone's mouth. Mr. Moog is a lovely man to listen to and watch in action. Even if he's discussing his building an invention, his explanations are as engaging as they are educational. Down-to-earth, intuitive, and quick to give credit to others when it's due, he and the followers featured share numerous amusing anecdotes. Musicians beautifully describe their obsessions and how Moog's instruments were irreplaceable. When they're hands on with a Moog organ, the creative process sizzles.

To break up some of the mundane group chatting at one office or house to the next we get a mixture of concert footage, old and new, along with some energetic clips from commercials through which Moog's utilities got their first break. The varied styles of synth music and the diverse international geography from which they come are also compelling, as they culminate in a truly broad sense of appreciation earned by this man.

Moog is a strong effort to capture something simple in a way that most documentaries are afraid to do, and for that it should be commended. It's unfortunate that there are so many ideas left behind before they get a chance to start, but the subject himself, may he rest in peace, can certainly be gratified that his personality and work shine through with this homage.



Moog

Facts and Figures

Run time: 72 mins

In Theaters: Friday 17th September 2004

Distributed by: Plexifilm

Production compaines: ZU33

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 29%
Fresh: 5 Rotten: 12

IMDB: 6.1 / 10

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