Shut Up and Sing details
|Starring:||Natalie Maines, Emily Robison, Martie Maguire, Rick Rubin|
|Directors:||Barbara Kopple, Cecilia Peck|
Shut Up and Sing
|Run time:||1 hour 33 minutes|
|Rental release:||03 Sep 2007|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English|
By Tom Charity from LOVEFiLM
This documentray follows U.S. band The Dixies Chicks and the backlash they recieved after criticising George Bush at a live gig.
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Shut Up and SingBy SAI81 (360 reviews) from Tonbridge , 19 Aug 2007
[Highly rated reviewer]An interesting film about a band I'd never heard. The chicks mainstream country (though well played and sung) isn't really my thing but that doesn't stop this being a highly watchable film. The construction, which flits between 2003 when lead singer Natalie Maines made a (pretty innocuous) comment about George Bush which threatened to destroy the band's career and 2005/6 as they record and promote their next album can get annoying as it doesn't let you settle into the storytelling. However both sections of the film provide compelling material.
It helps that Maines and founding members Emily Robison and Martie Maguire are engaging people. They come across very well on camera; smart, often funny, and passionate about both their music and their family life. They also present a completely united front when it would have been much easier to distance themselves from what Maines said.
It's perhaps not AS personal an insight into a band as Metallica: Some Kind of Monster, but Shut Up and Sing is a comparable achievement.
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A glimpse at the land of the not-so-free.By hilseymour (28 reviews) , 22 Jun 2013A great insight into the band if you're a fan, and a great insight into the music industry and so-called freedom of speech that exists in America. This film doesn't focus much on the music of the Dixie Chicks but does give some insights into the writing of newer songs following the backlash after Natalie's anti-Bush comment while playing in London. The ending scene with their second concert in London following it all had me cheering at the screen. Fabulous.
Two nations separated by one languageBy a customer , 12 Nov 2012Never mind that it's a rockumentary, watch this for a deeper understanding of how the Land Of The Free isn't actually...free.
Sad reflection on the world todayBy a customer from Wirksworth, England , 14 Dec 2010Excellent film on what happens in a land of free speech if what you say isn't what those who claim to support freedom want to hear!
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Fascinating and worryingBy Schmooble (9 reviews) from Manchester , 30 Aug 2010This is a fascinating and worrying watch! The Dixie Chicks are the all-American band, loved by the Mid-West and wildly popular - whether deservedly so depends on your personal taste. They fall foul of the American media and public (I guess, only the right wing country people who listen to their music!) with one impassioned and ill-thought out public statement following the announcement of the Iraqi war in 2003. This documentary follows them over three years as the fall-out from this event affects their direction and their music.
This is really about more than that event: it shows you what it's like to be in the public eye in the way that these girls are, it shows you the background to making the music, the passion, the process, the inter-group dynamics. And the pandering. The HUGE network of media - video, TV, radio etc - that can make or break a career.
I give this such a high rating because it's both enjoyable and worrying to watch, and doesn't feel politically or promotionally biased. Rather, it seems to tell it like it was, warts and all!
Must SeeBy a customer from Craigavon , 27 Mar 2009This was excellent! A must see if you are a fan of the Dixie chicks! It gives you a great insight into their lives behind the scenes of tours and making albums.