Songwriter Stephin Merritt is known as "the Cole Porter of his generation" for his memorable melodies, lovelorn lyrics and wry musical stylings. Shot over a period of 10 years, "Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields" explores his friendship with his longtime bandmate and manager Claudia Gonson. Through his recording and songwriting process, the film traces a 20-year career that has yielded one of the most engaging bodies of work in the contemporary American songbook.
- Director: Kerthy Fix, Gail O'Hara
- Country: USA | Denmark | France | Germany | UK
- Genre: Documentary | Music
- Year: 2010
- Run Time: 01:24:30
- imdb Score: 7.1/10 (49 votes)
- Language: English
- Rating: Not Rated
V.A. Musetto - NEW YORK POST
"The affectionate, bemused, structurally unkempt portrait is at its best capturing Merritt's close collaboration with his longtime friend and bandmate Claudia Gonson."
Lisa Schwarzbaum - ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
"If you're a fan of quality songwriting but haven't been exposed to Merritt's quirky and catchy tunes, you'll be suitably enamored by a film that's as charming and enjoyable as the band's music."
Edward Douglas - COMINGSOON.NET
Buenos Aires Int'l Festival of Independent Cinema 2010
Seattle Int'l Film Festival 2010
Melbourne Int'l Film Festival 2010