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Magnetic Fields' Stephin Merritt Subject Of New Documentary

"I remember when Stephin was young, he once played Sonny [Bono's solo record] in one room, and Cher's solo record in another room in an effort to get them back together," The Magnetic Fields' Claudia Gonson says of Stephin Merritt. "Do you remember that?" she then asks him, as she looks at him sweetly.

If this brief exchange is any indication, then the forthcoming documentary about the eccentric, clever, quirky poet who fronts The Magnetic Fields should be wonderfully endearing.

Check out the opening scene of the trailer, which features Merritt having a conversation with a cab driver, who is astounded that the man he is driving could possibly be famous in the slightest.


As you can see, the film appears to be a humorous foray into the personal life of the unique figure who "makes Lou Reed look like Little Orphan Annie." It's nice to see that someone so admired does ordinary things, but in such an unconventional way.

The film Strange Powers will be released on Wednesday, Oct. 27, at New York City's Film Forum.