Everyone Stares: The Police Inside Out

The Police

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Everyone Stares: The Police Inside Out

Amid the slickly produced concert films and "documentaries" that populate the rock DVD market, Everyone Stares stands out. In 1978, Police drummer Stewart Copeland bought a Super-8 movie camera and chronicled the band's rise from unknowns to absolute world domination. He cut it together, added an honest and dry-witted voice-over and mixed together some Police rarities as a soundtrack. What results is a gritty narrative that offers many a voyeuristic pleasure. You can literally see the smiles disappear from the faces of the band members as the pressure of celebrity and creative turmoil chips away. One thing Everyone Stares does not offer: state-of-the art stage footage. The pictures are grainy, the sounds tinny. 3.5 stars

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