CAN and Me
The four founding members of Krautrock pioneers CAN - Holger Czukay, Michael Karoli, Jaki Liebezeit and Irmin Schmidt - together created one of the most influential and important bands of the last 50 years. With a definitive documentary on the band well overdue and keyboardist Irmin Schmidt being the last surviving member, this intimate new portrait of the German band allows Schmidt to tell their story, from inception and the group's timeless catalogue of work, to post-CAN projects. Via archive footage of the band and interviews with Schmidt (as well as Brian Eno and filmmaker Wim Wenders - for whom Schmidt has composed soundtracks), the development of CAN's incredible music and their collaborations with vocalists Malcolm Mooney and Japan's Damo Suzuki are all investigated. Offering insights into the members’ unique compositional approach, the documentary also explores CAN's extensive influence on musicians around the globe; musicians whose output spans everything from pop to the many strains of electronic-dance music. Everyone from Talking Heads, Joy Division and David Bowie, to LCD Soundsystem and Oasis have all claimed CAN’s heady musical compound has swayed their songwriting. Centred around 85 year-old protagonist Irmin Schmidt, CAN and Me also explores Schmidt's own journey from a childhood in Nazi Germany, through studying with Stockhausen, to his continued work as a composer/conductor and his ongoing love of club music.
Why You Should See This Film
Having screened at film festivals across Europe (including Berlin, Zurich, Cologne, Barcelona, Torino and Bordeaux) Groovescooter and Golden Age have finally secured this beautifully edited film’s Australian Premiere for Sydney audiences. Whether you’re a die-hard fan, or have more recently been converted to the magic of CAN, this innovative group of musicians has no doubt influenced some of your favourite bands and albums from the ’70s to the present day. Forming in 1968, CAN are legendary for their motoric rhythms, improvisational approach to writing and spearheading the genre known as Krautrock. Across studio albums and memorable performances, they masterfully fused their avant-garde and free-jazz roots with everything from psychedelic-rock and funk, to musique concrète. As music journalist Simon Reynolds rightly observed, CAN "unleashed music of immense scale that miraculously avoided prog-rock's bombastics… [while offering] a fertile source of rhythmic ideas, not just for avant-funkateers like PiL and the Pop Group, but also The Fall…" Who doesn’t want to sit in the dark for 85 minutes immersing themselves in that kind of legacy?
STROBE presented by Groovescooter
Groovescooter returns this May with STROBE, another curated program of stellar music films, all exclusive to Golden Age for Sydney music and film lovers.
Please note: Gift Passes & Film Club Membership discounts can't be used for this special event session.
- Year: 2022
- Rating: Unclassified
- Director: Michael P. Aust, Tessa Knapp
- Cast: Irmin Schmidt, Brian Eno, Wim Wenders, CAN
- Duration: 85 minutes
- Language: German with English subtitles