Cinema: Quick Cuts

JIMI HENDRIX, a documentary eulogy to the late rock guitarist, includes a great deal of performance footage intercut with interviews: of groupies, of roadies, of family and friends and peers. The biography that emerges is perfunctory and predictable. There are all sorts of discussions about genius, talent, self-destruction and the miseries and pressures of a rock star's life, none of it new, most of it rather sweeping and vague. Hendrix's furious, kinetic music is at the core of the film, which at its best is like a "greatest hits" record album on film....

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