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Phil Spector documentary to screen in Hollywood on Aug. 19-25

July 1, 2010 |  2:40 pm

Phil Spector 2nd trial 2009

A new British documentary, “The Agony and Ecstasy of Phil Spector,” will screen for a week in August at the American Cinematheque’s Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, where the film’s director and co-producer, Vikram Jayanti, will be on hand for the opening night on Aug. 19.

Jayanti interviewed Spector in depth during his first trial in the murder of actress Lana Clarkson at his Alhambra mansion in 2003. That trial ended in a hung jury, but on re-trial, Spector was convicted and is now serving a 19-years-to-life prison sentence.

The Times of London called Jayanti’s 102-minute film examining Spector's storied career “Not only a hell of an exclusive, but a work of art in itself,  a synthesis of a psychological profile, a critical history and a candid, surprising interview. An overwhelming experience.”

A review in Mojo magazine called it "A dark, gripping, revelatory and at times hilarious portrait. Spector himself is utterly captivating. Unmissable."

-- Randy Lewis

Photo of Phil Spector in Los Angeles Superior Court in 2009. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times