four generations of Jewish-American musicians as each painfully
seeks fame through changing musical eras with hard-luck protagonists
suffering through clichéd drug addiction, death, and alienation.
Starting at the turn of the century with a piano-playing immigrant
in New York, the film moves swiftly, following his offspring through
such movements as Gershwin-era pop, jazz, folk music, '60s psychedelia,
and punk--and only pauses for elaborate, energized musical numbers
designed to showcase the work of Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington,
Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Sex Pistols, Lou Reed, the Jefferson
Airplane, and numerous others. use of rotoscoping (tracing
animation from live action) makes for fluid and often eye-popping
visuals. The differences in atmosphere and feel in the different
periods of time shown in the film - through the 20's, 40's, 50's,
60's and 70's - are fascinating and very creative.
This film features a animtaed / Rotoscopic history of pop
music with some good Rock and Roll and Lindy Hop Rotoscope Animation.
Rotoscope basically means the use of real film, real people, animated
over to look like an animation. The Lindy Hop scenes are actual
legendary Lindy Hoppers.