Cinema: Stray Notes

JOURNEY THROUGH THE PAST

Directed by NEIL YOUNG

I'm deep inside myself

But I'll get out somehow

Motion pictures, motion pictures...

The trouble with this tongue-tied autobiographical speculation is that contrary to the words of his song, Neil Young stays resolutely on top—on the surface, in fact. An esteemed singer-songwriter and sometimes part of the supergroup Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, he is working under a handicap in his first movie. Young conceived the film himself, directed it and cut it, all with the same impenetrable seriousness that characterizes much of his music. It is easier to get away with recording your dreams and your...

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