One day, there will be an opera called Phil Spector. For now, we'll have to be satisfied with The Agony and Ecstasy of Phil Spector, an unusual and brilliant documentary by the BBC. Recently, HBO aired Phil Spector—a docu-drama of the famed producer's murder trial starring Al Pacino and Helen Mirren. But the David Mamet-directed film received something of a critical "whatever."
By contrast, the BBC did a masterful job of meshing Spector-produced music, trial footage, music analysis and startling interview tape with Spector himself—from the '70s and just before the start of his trial in 2007.
Here's the BBC documentary...
JazzWax note: Thanks to Jim Eigo of Jazz Promo Services for sending it along.