Lambert and StampHD Closed Captioning
James D. Cooper
Open iTunes to preview, buy, and download this movie.
About the Movie
Lambert & Stamp tells the remarkable story of Chris Stamp and Kit Lambert, aspiring filmmakers who set out to find a subject for their underground movie, leading them to discover, mentor and manage the iconic band that would become known as The Who. They forged a complex and moving relationship, fueling the band’s artistic development and leaving an indelible imprint on its time and generations to come. The film is charged with a mad concoction of noise, love, rebellion, artistry, and hilarity, as it takes us along on the surprising ride of two men who shaped one of the most exciting bands of all time.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 72
- Fresh: 63
- Rotten: 9
- Average Rating: 7.0/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: The band's first managers take center stage in this fascinating time capsule of swinging '60s London: Kit Lambert was a blue blood with a dizzying musical IQ; Chris Stamp had the Carnaby Street flash.
Fresh: A vital and untethered account of one of the prime bands of its era, along with a revealing portrait of that era.
Fresh: From this vantage point, what's most miraculous is that, almost by accident, Lambert and Stamp corralled the chaos of four unsightly, sulky talents and fashioned it into something for the ages.
Fresh: Lambert and Stamp played a crucial, heretofore largely hidden, role in shaping pop-culture history - not to mention the noisy, visceral, rebellious zeitgeist of th-th-th-their generation.
Documentary about the management team of "The Who"
I thought it was weird that a documentary about "The Who" was titled "Lambert and Stamp". Turns out this was accurately titled because it is not about the Who, it actually focuses on Lambert and Stamp, the management team of the Who's early career..."Who" really cares? There are some neat moments for Who fans, some vintage footage and live snippets from the early days, there is one really neat moment where Pete Townshend is demoing a song to Lambert and Stamp that he is in the process of writing.
The Who TRUE Sell Out
Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of this documentary is its absolute refusal to tap into any level of complexity. It is about as insightful as one of those 1990's VH1 Pop-Up Videos. Three of the valid factors of this historic alliance are talking right in front of the camera, but that camera is either not interested or is restrained to peak any deeper than "the superficial."
Even a discussion of the way Kit Lambert set out to appropriate and exploit the British Sub-Culture we know as "Teddy Boys" or "The Mods" is reduced to little much of nothing.
And what was it that so connected Lambert and Stamp? What was it that really so tightly linked Townsend to them and then so quickly dissipated. An all too brief discussion of an argument about the making of "Tommy" into a movie and a drug problem are given a mere couple of minutes. What was it that so connected these two men to Keith Moon that he would be fighting against Townsend, Daltrey and Entwistle to push Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp out of the picture? And why exactly did Townsend, Daltrey and Entwistle go to the extreme of strong-arming their two creators out of their empire the day after Moon was buried?
Keith Moon, an essential element of The Who, is largely pushed out of view in this film. He clearly was the closest to both Lambert & Stamp. Yet, we are only given minimal information. Poor John Entwistle is barely even mentioned.
This film feels false, limp and weak.
Worst of all, it unintentionally sheds a most unflattering light on Pete Townsend, Roger Daltrey and The Who itself. Not that I was expecting some gossip-ladden documentary. However, I was expecting some perspective on this iconic band and their creators' impact on British and World Culture.
The musicians who formed The Who were not sweet little boys. They were out to smash it all up -- and they very did. And Lambert and Stamp were not just a mis-matched pair of misfits. Stamp's infamously indifferent attitude throughout the Glory Years of The Who and Kit Lambert's ever-present eccentricities and obsessions. Nothing of real import is discussed or shared.
The film fails to even provide much focus on how Lamber & Wilson even managed the band.
Let's face it: The Who mattered. They mattered even more in the mid 1960's / mid 1970's. This band was a game changer on multiple levels. In Cooper's film, all of these men are reduced to rough and tumble puppies who were groomed for success. Now old, they sit before us scratching their heads. Back-lit and fully edited.
"Hope I die before I get old. M-m-m-y Gennnerraaation.” …yeah. right.
Let’s pray that Cooper doesn’t decide to “document” Led Zeppelin.
A must watch for musicians, producers,artists, music lovers, and mods! Great insite to how The Who was guided to greatness.