Brian Eno: The Man Who Fell to Earth


directed by Ed Haynes, 156 minutes

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"…wisely sidesteps the trappings of the Behind the Music-style music doc(s) and instead focuses on the music itself." - Derek Smith, Tiny Mix Tapes

Brian Eno: musician, composer, producer, music theorist, singer and visual artist. Probably best known for his early work with Roxy Music, his production duties for U2 and Coldplay and as one of the principal innovators of ambient music. This first-ever documentary film about Eno explores his life, career and music between the years 1971 and 1977, the period that some view as his golden age. Featuring numerous exclusive interviews, contributions from a range of musicians, writers, collaborators and friends, plus performance and studio film and an abundance of the most exceptional music ever created.


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11 members found this review helpful Created about 2 years ago. Updated about 2 years ago.

An absolutely profound look at Eno and the development of ambient music. This is the type of in-depth indie film I was hoping to locate, educational and entertaining, an historically accurate recounting of what is now a standard art form by those who were there, as I joined Fandor. Worth every minute of its length. Not to be missed by anyone interested in music and its composition as visualized by one of the truly eclectic composers of our time.

I have watched this again for a second time today and its even more enduring and filled with informative musical knowledge than I had thought yesterday.

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5 members found this review helpful Created about 2 years ago.

A very good standard for how music docs should be made. Sure there are sycophantic talking heads, but the dribble is kept to a minimum and most of the time we get to listen to people who either helped Mr. Eno make the music, or have had some serious involvement in the music scene. I'm going to almost certainly end up watching this again at some point.

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3 members found this review helpful Created 3 months ago.

Brian Eno came into my music world when he collaborated with David Byrne on the score for Twyla Tharp's choreoplay/dance musical, THE CATHERINE WHEEL & I was entranced with Eno's work on MY LIFE IN THE BUSH OF GHOSTS *** This is a 5 star documentary for any one who dares to fly, work hard, create outside the box *** I am clapping alone in my apartment **** SALUTES and THANKS SO MUCH FOR THIS GIFT ***

Created 6 days ago.

I learned lot about this artist who I grew up with but never had a sense of his real contributions.

Created 18 days ago.

will watch again for sure, reminds me of why I loved early Roxy Music and Eno, and yes the whole band, have so much of this music, mostly on vinyl, still sounds good, one the best music docs I have seen, thanx fandor!!!

Created 18 days ago.

A fascinating look at the early career of a musician with whom I've only recently become familiar. I really appreciate films like this and have already ear-marked several of his albums to listen to in their entirety.

Created 18 days ago.

A flawed film, in the sense that the filmmaker seems to have felt the need to make an unnecessary case to prove Brian Eno's far-reaching influence on the music of the 70s and subsequent decades. The director would have put his efforts to better use by focusing more so on Eno's conceptual, technical, and theoretical developments, rather than the redundant task of justifying Eno's importance. A worthwhile viewing for those newly initiated to the artist's music and super-fans looking for an emotional fix.

Created 18 days ago.

An intricate, insightful and detailed examination of the legendary Eno. As a huge fan of the first two Roxy Music albums, Eno's Here Come the Warm Jets and Bowie's Low - this filled me in on all the missing spaces. Possibly the best music documentary I have ever seen. Watching this and thinking about what passes for rock music these days...where the hell did we go wrong?

Created 26 days ago.

This one didn't captivate me.

Created about 2 months ago.

Awesome doc, shows the inner-workings of an experimental mind.

Top reviewer
Created 2 months ago.

HAgiography des Anges!
Eno - the 2nd-coming of sound?
But way better than a BBC hack job any day :-)
Dammit, I guess I <3 Eno too!!!!!!

Top reviewer
Created 3 months ago.

Spectacular in an ambient way. Inspiring for anyone interested in innovation in any one of the arts, and the arts combined.

Created 7 months ago.

The intersection of rock and avant garde classical electronic music. Did he turn on any rock audience to classical music? Or at least contemporary classical?

Created 7 months ago.

This was excellent, interesting, and illuminating.
The narrative filled many gaps in my understanding.
Good stuff!

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1 member found this review helpful Created 8 months ago.

We both really enjoyed the film, Brian Eno: The Man Who Fell To Earth. The commentary was articulate and informative and at the same time entertaining. The accompanying videos to the song excerpts were fantastic. We both wished the credits would have said where those videos came from. Great film about a great artist.

Created 8 months ago.

a fantastic look at a personal hero of mine.

1 member found this review helpful Created 11 months ago.

Intelligent biography, but way, way, way too much talk and very little actual music.

1 member found this review helpful Created about 1 year ago.

A satisfyingly in-depth study from a number of talking heads (critics and musicians) of the five or so years from the beginnings with Roxy and the art-glam-shatter of the 70's to Before and after Science at the cusp of punk and no wave. With a very generous supply of music it suffers somewhat from a dearth of direct contact with both Eno himself or anyone from the Roxy or Bowie camps, but those who do appear (and they include, among others, Cluster, with whom he made a series of collaborations and David Toop,for whom he released music on his Obscure label) provide much insight to the atmospheres, if you will, of recording his hugely influential sonic experiments in that period. Art-rock fans and lovers of 60's-70's electronic music will find this the most interesting, but as it ends before his work with Talking Heads and U2, to others it might be less so.

Created about 1 year ago.


Created over 1 year ago.

Great overview of his development from rock n roll to ambient music. Of course it could have been way better, but this was enjoyable, and anything to do with Eno is always inspiring.

Created over 1 year ago.

I'd never heard of Brian Eno before now, so I'm glad I do now. I just wished the film had covered his death(?) Anyway, that's about my biggest complaint. The subject is definitely not mainstream, but it is an interesting, successful journey of an artist refining the pure expression of his passions over the span of a whole career.

Created over 1 year ago.

Hey David Billman: a documentary about Eno!!!

Created over 1 year ago.

I really like the movie, I was always a Roxy Music and Brian Eno fan I have most of his records and all the old ones. I don't think I saw the whole movie though it showed that it was the end but it left at such an odd place that it seemed the movie had another part.

Created over 1 year ago.

This documentary solidified my opinion that Brian Eno is one of the great visionaries of our time... loved it!

1 member found this review helpful Created almost 2 years ago.

Just made me realise I need to go out and get my hands on more Eno albums!
Really insightful docu.

da dan
Created about 2 years ago.

Finally saw this over the weekend. Although I was a Roxy Music fan and completely missed the Eno thing in the 70s (my loss). This film is a good luck at what he did during those pivotal years and where his sensibilities come from.I agree with c.fuller that this is a bit repetitive, but I enjoyed it and learned a lot!

1 member found this review helpful Created about 2 years ago.

I learned alot but it also felt a bit long and some of the audio dubbing a bit off.

Top reviewer
Created over 2 years ago.

Great doc lovingly made. Mention of the ambient stream overshadowed the more raucus freeing tracks on record and missed here: 801, Bowie, et well and al.

Created over 2 years ago.

This is a very focused, serious examination of the work of Brian Eno from his tremendously creative period of 1972-1977, or from Roxy Music to "Before and After Science." A must-see (and must-hear) for anyone interested in the popular music of the period, or art music

Top reviewer
Created over 2 years ago.

ENLIGHTENING! Essential for anyone interested in experimental music!

Created over 2 years ago.

very revealing. filled in some gaps for someone who's been a fan all along. i'm going to turn my son onto it, if he hasn't seen it already.

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