Telstar

Telstar

The Joe Meek Story

DVD - 2011
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Flamboyant and with a hair-trigger temper that more than once led to him pulling a gun on musicians, 1960s British pop producer Joe Meek makes Phil Spector look like a pussycat. From Meek's ascension to the top of the charts with 'Telstar' to his dabblings in the occult and implication in a boy's murder, the film charts the composer's tumultuous life.
Publisher: USA : Inception Media Group, c2011.
Branch Call Number: DVD 791.43 TELSTAR
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (115 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Alternative Title: Joe Meek story

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akirakato
May 23, 2017

This is a 2008 film adaptation of James Hicks' and Nick Moran's play "Telstar" directed by Nick Moran.
The film tells the story of record producer Joe Meek, the songwriter-producer behind the 1960s hits "Have I the Right?", "Just Like Eddie" and "Johnny Remember Me".
It depicts Meek's initial success with the multi-million selling record, "Telstar", his homosexuality which was illegal in the UK at the time, and his struggles with debt, paranoia and depression, which culminated in the killing of his landlady Violet Shenton and himself, on 3 February 1967.
Although I expected a biopic of serious nature, the film appears like a slapstick with gratuitous laughs as well as nonsensical twists and turns.
After all it turns out a big letdown.

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JackamoJames
Apr 04, 2016

I enjoyed the historical information about the times and Mr Meek but it was quite over the top in zaniness for my part. Not enough concentration on the music or production. Im sure worked better as a play.

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docjnsuss
Jan 03, 2014

Telstar is just one of over 600 songs recorded and produced by Joe Meek. The British pop music producer invented many recording techniques that changed the industry. The movie Telstar is a somewhat campy telling of Joe Meek's life and death. Unfortunately the movie does not really do justice to Joe Meek's contributions to the music industry in the 1960s.

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jswolfmcguire
Dec 19, 2013

This is quite a good movie about a great groundbreaking record which had a happy bouncy tune and was on the radio for months. It still makes me feel good. Had no idea the poor composer/producer had such a hard time with the aftermath, battling his depression and financial problems. Sad ending and----very interesting that he threw away the Beatles demo tape. Apparently the whole story is true.

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PatrickT
May 15, 2012

Very good movie about a very interesting and tragic record producer. Starts off pretty zany but that makes the ending more effective.

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