As everyone knows, LCD Soundsystem puppetmaster James Murphy decided to shut the band down last year, and announced a concert at Madison Square Garden on April 2nd, 2011 to act as their swan song. It was an incredibly bold move — rarely does a band break up at the peak of their popularity. Well it turns out a film crew was documenting the entire experience — not only the landmark concert itself, but all the circumstances around the show and leading up to it, and they’ve turned it into a full documentary cheekily titled SHUT UP AND PLAY THE HITS. According to film makers, the movie — which will be screening at the Sundance Festival this year — “is both a narrative film documenting this once-in-a-lifetime performance and an intimate portrait of James Murphy as he navigates the lead-up to the show, the day after, and the personal and professional ramifications of his decision.” Many of us have friends that went to that show, and from all accounts it was a legendary performance — four-plus hours of a band and its audience having one last sweet and poignant makeout session before the inevitable breakup. Sweaty, glorious, joyful and profoundly heartbreaking. From what we can make out of the trailer, it looks like an interesting view into a most curious moment in a band’s history.
“Shut Up And Play the Hits” Sundance Festival screening schedule after the Jump…
SUNDANCE 2012 FESTIVAL SCREENINGS
Sunday, January 22, midnight
Monday, January 23, 9:45pm
Wednesday, January 25, 11:30pm
Friday, January 27, 10:00pm
Saturday, January 28, 9:45pm