Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars

Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars, Lili Fini Zanuck’s film is a brilliant documentary on a singular life Eric Clapton would became one of the world’s greatest blues guitarists. Yet all the success in the world could not take away profound personal insecurity and an inability to trust for much of his life as this masterful film carefully documents. Life in 12 Bars opens with DIY footage of a frail-looking Eric Clapton – now 72 and suffering for some time from ill health – expressing sadness at the passing of his dear friend BB King. That would appear to be the only recent film of the man known as Slowhand, although there is relatively stuff showing Clapton at home a few years ago. Here he is the happy paterfamilias to three daughters, Ella, Sophie and Julia, clowning around with a mask, laughing, at ease at last. Thus, in that home stretch, the film rises towards its final positive note, indicating the musician’s domestic happiness with Melia, and no mention of his recent illness, peripheral neuropathy being just one of the ailments. The story is told through a narrative structure that is essentially the same as that employed by the […]

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