Variety reports that producer Phil Spector–shown here with that “wigged deer caught in headlights” expression–will be the subject of a 90-minute BBC documentary this fall:
“Arena – The Agony and The Ecstasy Of Phil Spector” is being made by Oscar-winning director Vikram Jayanti and produced by long-time “Arena” filmmaker Anthony Wall as part of BBC2′s fall schedule…
“I like to make definitive films about creative people,” said Jayanti. “I am not interested in pursuing the question of his guilt or innocence but his standing as an artist and his psychological landscape. Spector is a tortured genius, a deeply troubled man, who speaks openly about his pain – the pain of his father killing himself and the pain of his own son dying.”
“But he is also a very funny man and a brilliant mimic. He does a brilliant impersonation of John Lennon who he regarded as a special friend.”
They got along great–especially when Spector wasn’t (allegedly) pulling a gun on the former Beatle. Anyway, we’ll reserve judgment until we see this thing, but it does make us eager to re-read Tom Wolfe’s excellent “The First Tycoon Of Teen” profile from back in 1964. Anybody know of a copy archived online? If so, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BBC secures Spector interview [Variety]