$10 General /$6 Members | Documentary | NR | 1 hour 26 minutes
King Crimson, the legendary progressive rock band from the UK, led by the enigmatic genius Robert Fripp, went on tour to commemorate their 50th anniversary. They brought a film crew.
This documentary explores the embattled saga of prog-rock’s King Crimson during this anniversary tour.
IN THE COURT OF THE CRIMSON KING: KING CRIMSON AT 50 is a dark, comic film for anyone who wonders whether it is worth sacrificing everything for just a single moment of transcendence. For over 50 years Robert Fripp, also famous for his work with David Bowie and Brian Eno, has overseen a unique creative environment 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.
“By turns comical and melancholy, it may be the most revealing film about working life in a band since Spinal Tap.” The Telegraph
“In the Court of the Crimson King is really about as good as rock documentaries get, in capturing the essence of a group of musicians and how they relate to each other.” — Variety