It is a certain thing that fans of prog rock will surely want to see the new King Crimson documentary titled In the Court of the Crimson King – King Crimson at 50.
The film was first seen at the festival circuit (SXSW 2022), and is now available at more than 50 theaters across North America, starting November 8, 2023, and will be on streaming services starting December 1, 2023.
The film is directed by Toby Amies and is considered by those who have seen it as not your average music documentary.
According to its synopsis, “What began as a traditional documentary about the legendary band King Crimson as it turned 50, mutated into an exploration of time, death, family, and the transcendent power of music to change lives; but with jokes.
“In the Court of the Crimson King is a dark, comic film for anyone who wonders whether it is worth sacrificing everything for just a single moment of transcendence. It explores the unique creative environment of King Crimson, one in which freedom and responsibility conspire to place extraordinary demands on the band’s members – only alleviated by the applause of an audience whose adoration threatens to make their lives even harder. It’s a rewarding and perilous space in which the extraordinary is possible, nothing is certain, and not everyone survives intact.”
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