Deconstructing Dad: The Music, Machines and Mystery of Raymond Scott
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Deconstructing Dad: The Music, Machines and Mystery of Raymond Scott
Deconstructing Dad: The Music, Machines and Mystery of Raymond Scott is a documentary exploration of the life and work of American maverick composer, bandleader, inventor, and electronic music pioneer Raymond Scott (1908-1994), presented from a unique perspective--the filmmaker is his only son. Going beyond biographical documentary, it is also a personal quest to unravel the timeless fabric of love, connection and rejection that are a part of every parent child relationship, with the additional element of a famous father obsessed with his work, and further complicated by divorce and related… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The best evidence of this troubled man's genius is provided by ample samples of his music, much of which will be familiar to fans of Warner Bros. cartoons from the '30s and '40s."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"Honest, illuminating and compassionate. An extraordinary documentary."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"The documentary is a work of careful consideration, moral weighing, and deliberateness of craft."
‑ Kalvin Henely, Slant Magazine
"Like "My Architect," Nathaniel Kahn's film about his father, Louis I. Kahn, this documentary is a son's attempt to forge a posthumous bond with an elusive parent."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Yet another documentary about a supposedly unheralded show-business maverick just barely holds viewer interest."
‑ Eric Monder, Film Journal International
"Deconstructing Dad might be a messy biography, but it is a fascinating primer on Scott's work."
‑ Simon Abrams, Village Voice
"Scott's son, Stan Warnow, made a highly personal documentary ... It isn't slick or polished but it is candid and highly personal, as Stan tries to understand his enigmatic father who was, by all accounts, a musical genius."
‑ Leonard Maltin, Leonard Maltin's Picks