20,000 Days On EarthHD Closed Captioning
Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard
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About the Movie
20,000 Days On Earth is an inventive, lyrical ode to creativity and an intimate examination of the artistic process of musician and cultural icon Nick Cave. In their debut feature directors Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard fuse drama and documentary, weaving a staged day in Cave's life with never-before-seen verité observation of his creative cycle. It features those who have affected his life, including wry tales from the road shared with his regular collaborator, the multi-instrumentalist Warren Ellis; actor and friend Ray Winstone; and Kylie Minogue, who shared a duet with Cave in the breakout hit "Where the Wild Roses Grow." These voices from the past revisit Cave in daydream-like scenes as he sits behind the wheel driving through his adopted hometown of Brighton, England. Neither a music documentary nor a concert film, 20,000 Days On Earth still contains electrifying performances. Audiences see a song grow from the tiniest of ideas to an epic performance at Sydney Opera House. Cave also opens up to a psychoanalyst as he discusses how his early years continue to inform his work, and journeys through his memories via mementos from his personal archive. This category-defying film pushes the form into new territory, exploring universal themes about artistry, and celebrating the transformative power of the creative spirit.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 81
- Fresh: 77
- Rotten: 4
- Average Rating: 7.8/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: An intelligent and revealing look at one of rock's last true iconoclasts.
Fresh: "Something happens onstage," Cave says, "where you forget who you are and become someone else." As much as any documentary can, 20,000 Days on Earth allows us to bear witness to what goes on in that process.
Fresh: I'm not sure it can be considered a documentary at all, at least not all the way through. But "20,000 Days" offers an exceptionally intimate portrait of an artist who has sometimes sought to resist explication.
Fresh: [Nina Simone] put a spell on him, and now Nick Cave, with his lugubrious sleights of hand, does much the same to us.
Release the monster...
Incredibly inspirational. A glimpse into the the imaginative mind of an artist. Loved every minute of the rhetoric without it being preachy. Beautifully shot and edited. Of course, wonderful music.
The creative process defined!
As someone who has just recently come to discover the genius of Nick Cave, this movie is an experience I would not want to miss. The most interesting parts is when Nick is driving and influential or important persons in his past or life appear in his car and talk about an experience they had with Nick or some outline of their perception of Nick. He remains mostly silent, concentrating on the road. I enjoyed the scene where he is with Warren, his main collaborator, having lunch at Warren's house and we hear the counterpart to Nick's experience in seeing Nina Simone perform. There is a picture of Nick in his half room in Berlin early in his career with various notes and artifacts on the wall including locks of hair. It helps you understand who he is and how he conceives and executes, but also sheds light on the creative process in general. The scene from a concert where a fan has her hand on his heart while he sings "can you feel my heartbeat" is moving. I saw the same scene at a concert in Prospect Park and the experience was just as authentic feeling as in the movie. So, we see the transference of the creation to the performance itself.
hazard the guess that one may have to like and/or respect Nick Cave, Warren Ellis, and the Bad Seeds in order to love this film. Very smart film, little heavy handed at the end, but you have to wrap myth up somehow. Warren Ellis? Purrrrrr. I want to see his 20,000-nth day.