Spike Lee's "Bad" doc debuts in Venice
Director Spike Lee's documentary about the making of Michael Jackson's 1987 album Bad had its world premiereat the Venice Film Festival on Friday (August 31).
Released to coincide with the landmark pop album's 25th anniversary re-issue, Bad 25, the film is Lee's "love letter" to the late King of Pop. In a press conference , the director told reporters the film was a chance to focus on Jackson's music, rather than the scandals that plagued his image.
"I think that for too many years we've concentrated on stuff about Michael Jackson that has nothing to do with the music. This is a time to concentrate on the music, on the genius of Michael Jackson," he said. "It was a chance to appreciate his creative process."
The film features home video footage shot by Jackson himself as well his collaboraters during rehearsals and interviews with Martin Scorsese, Mariah Carey, Sheryl Crow, L.A. Reid and Kanye West.
"We all are blessed with the final work, but it's rare that you get to see how something is put together," Lee added. We just see the final product. We don't see the blood, sweat and tears, all the work that goes into how the masters work."
U.S. television network ABC has picked up the television rights to the film, which will have its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival next month. The Bad 25 re-issue is due out on September 18.
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