David Crosby: Remember My Name
A rock legend moves beyond regret.
The fact that David Crosby’s still alive is “almost as remarkable as the fact that his voice remains pure and soaring,” said Glenn Whipp in the Los Angeles Times. In this elegiac documentary, the 77-year-old folk-rock legend comes across as candid about his faults and remarkably committed to making more music as he faces the likelihood that his ailing heart won’t beat much longer. Interviewed here by filmmaker Cameron Crowe, Crosby never does fully explain why none of the other members of the Byrds or Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young even speak with him. Otherwise, he proves “a frank and gifted storyteller unafraid to delve into the most sordid moments of his life.” Crosby obviously has a grumpy side, and even by the standards of 1960s pop stars, his drug use was prodigious, said A.O. Scott in The New York Times. But “the movie keeps you at a distance,” even when Crosby is expressing remorse for hurting certain women he’s known. At least Remember My Name never strays from “what remains closest to Crosby’s heart”—the music, said Joe Morgenstern in The Wall Street Journal. He says he doesn’t know how he’s survived this long, but he surely does. “The beauty of the film is that by the end of it we know, too.”
AP, Ljubomir Stefanov, Sony Pictures Classics ■