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Lambert & Stamp: Review

The Who

Who ↑ knew? This rocking and shocking film opens here in Indianapolis exclusively at the Landmark Keystone Arts theater this Friday, May 22. I’ve been a fan of The Who for many years and never had any idea how they truly became the iconic rock-n-roll band we have all come to know. Daltrey, Townshend, Moon, and Entwistle were almost completely shaped into The Who by a pair of managers named Lambert & Stamp. This film raises the curtain on that entire story and it’s incredibly fascinating. It started out as an idea to create a movie about a young band trying to make it, and it turned into so much more. Now, after nearly fifty years the movie has finally been made. I highly recommend this film to any fan of The Who. Even if you are not a fan, but enjoy music and like documentaries this is a must see movie. Lambert & Stamp is one of my favorite films of the year. It manages to uncover the details of an incredible story about two aspiring filmmakers and four struggling musicians. What happened next was magic.

$$$$- Excellent

Rated R

120 minutes

English Rock Band The Who. Going up to Manchester on the train.  Left is Chris Stamp (brother of Terence Stamp) who was the business manager.  and Kit Lambert Manager (producer on the album Tommy). 1966  Mandatory credit.  ©Colin Jones / TopFoto / The Image Works

English Rock Band The Who. Going up to Manchester on the train. Left is Chris Stamp (brother of Terence Stamp) who was the business manager. and Kit Lambert Manager (producer on the album Tommy). 1966 Mandatory credit. ©Colin Jones / TopFoto / The Image Works

LAMBERT & STAMP tells the remarkable story of Chris Stamp and Kit Lambert, aspiring filmmakers from opposite sides of the tracks who set out to find a subject for their underground movie, leading them to discover, mentor and manage the iconic band that would become known as The Who.

Inspired by the burgeoning 1960s youth culture, they found in the ‘High Numbers’ a rebellious restlessness that was just what they were looking for. Rechristening them ‘The Who’, they quickly scrapped the idea of making a movie and imbued into the process their unusual chemistry, filmic ideas, stylish dress and outrageous performance. They forged a complex and moving relationship, deeply tragic and brilliantly comedic, fueling the band’s artistic development and leaving an indelible imprint on its time and generations to come.

LAMBERT & STAMP is charged with a mad concoction of noise, love, rebellion, artistry, and hilarity. Starring Chris Stamp and Kit Lambert, featuring Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend, director James D. Cooper takes us along on the surprising ride of two men who shaped one of the most exciting bands of all time and on a universal search examining the sensitive and frightening bonds that make it possible to create.

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