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David Byrne's American Utopia (American Utopia)

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Synopsis

Spike Lee documents the former Talking Heads frontman's brilliant, timely 2019 Broadway show, based on his recent album and tour of the same name.

Cast

  • David Byrne
  • Jacqueline Acevedo
  • Gustavo Di Dalva
  • Daniel Freedman
  • Chris Giarmo
  • Tim Keiper
  • Tendayi Kuumba
  • Karl Mansfield
  • Mauro Refosco
  • Stephane San Juan

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Sep 10, 2020

Lee's knack for distilling the energy of live performance is no secret, for example in his terrific 2009 film of the unconventional Broadway musical Passing Strange. But the synergy here between filmmaker and subject — from the avant-funk grooves to the spirit of inclusivity and the urge to heal a broken nation — is simply spectacular.

Metacritic review by David Rooney
David Rooney
The Hollywood Reporter
80
Sep 10, 2020

Byrne pops around the stage like a man rejuvenated, or perhaps one who has never aged, without as much as breaking a sweat. How wonderful for it all to be the same as it ever was.

Fionnuala Halligan
Screen Daily
85
Sep 10, 2020

Like all of Byrne’s work, it is sly performance art masquerading as rock ‘n’ roll, or maybe it’s sly rock ‘n’ roll masquerading as performance art; definitions are elusive but the impact is both cerebral and visceral, just the way Byrne likes it.

Metacritic review by Steve Pond
Steve Pond
TheWrap