Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin' About Him?) is a documentary about the life and work of the enigmatic folk rock singer-songwriter, Harry Nilsson, told by three dozen of Nilsson's friends, colleagues and extended family.
Sticking closely to the archival footage and talking-heads formula, it's the quality of the former and the sense of personal involvement in the latter that elevates the film above the run-of-the-mill rockumentary.
On the one hand, the film is a cautionary too-much-too-soon story that was a cliché even before what Casey Kasem refers to as the Rock Era; on the other hand, it also has enough touching, amusing and/or appalling episodes to make it compulsively watchable
September 09, 2010
There's been so little written about Nilsson or archiving of his work that Who Is Harry Nilsson is a godsend just for bringing together so much rare footage.