Beautiful Dreamer: Brian Wilson and the Story of SMiLE

Directed by David Leaf

The fuller version (sans Yentob voiceover) of the doc that aired on the BBC, this is the story behind the most famous unfinished, unreleased album in the history of rock: SMiLE intended as the revolutionary follow-up to the critically acclaimed Pet Sounds (and resurrected in 2003). Exploring the creative process and the collaborations involved, the doc interweaves rare archival footage of the original album’s production with contemporary interviews from a veritable who’s who of rock, including a particularly candid Brian Wilson.

109 minutes

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