I approached "The Agony and the Ecstasy of Phil Spector," the new documentary about the convicted killer and fabled music producer by Vikram Jayanti, with trepidation. If the jury was wrong and Spector did not kill Lana Clarkson at his castle in Alhambra ...
... the facts are fairly clear that he'd been terrorizing women for years, and I was worried the doc would make me try to like a repugnant figure.
But Jayanti, who produced the moving "When We Were Kings," stays out of the way and lets Spector, the music, and the trial speak for themselves.
I interviewed Jayanti for Off-Ramp and have posted the full audio. He's in town for a Q&A at the American Cinematheque's West Coast premiere of the film. (It continues through next Wednesday at the Egyptian.)