It's time to reappraise the artist's work in the context of his home, says Charles Darwent.
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Monday 11 February 2008
Friday 18 January 2008
The conventions of the musical biopic are ripe for ridicule, but it would take a much smarter, subtler parody than Walk Hard to nail them. John C Reilly stars as Dewey Cox, overcoming a traumatic accident in his Southern boyhood to take America by storm with his powerhouse rock'*'roll. As his fortunes seesaw through haircuts, drugs, wives and children we count off the biopic sincerities of Ray and Walk the Line being wildly spoofed, with rock's other famous crash-and-burn victims (eg Brian Wilson, Elvis) thrown in for good measure.
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