Exploration of time, death, family and the transcendent power of music to change lives – but with jokes
Toby Amies | United Kingdom | 2022 | 86′ | OV
Robert Fripp and the members of prog rock giants King Crimson look back on 50 years of art, discipline and transcendence in this fascinating, funny and moving film. King Crimson is a band that people literally want to die for. “In the Court of the Crimson King” is a dark, funny film for anyone who wonders if it’s worth sacrificing everything for a single moment of transcendence. For over 50 years, Robert Fripp, also known for his work with Bowie and Eno, has created a unique creative environment where freedom and responsibility combine to make extraordinary demands on band members – tempered only by the applause of an audience whose adoration makes their lives even harder. It is a rewarding and dangerous space where the extraordinary is possible, nothing is certain, and not everyone survives unscathed.