‘In the Court of the Crimson King’ documentary to be screened at The Clairidge in Montclair

King Crimson documentary

Robert Fripp in the documentary, “In the Court of the Crimson King.”

“In the Court of the Crimson King: King Crimson at 50,” a new documentary about the progressive-rock band King Crimson, will have a one-night only theatrical premiere, Oct. 19, with theaters throughout the world screening it. The only New Jersey venue I am aware of that is participating is The Clairidge in Montclair, whose screening will take place at 7:30 p.m. that day. A “specially filmed introduction” is promised.

King Crimson leader Robert Fripp (one of the film’s co-producers) has called it “a grown-up film about working players living, dying, laughing, playing …” and, according the band’s website, dgmlive.com, the film “explores the ‘acute suffering’ and transcendent glory experienced by current and former members of King Crimson, allowing the audience an intimate and sometimes uncomfortable insight into the musicians’ experience as they confront life and death head on in the world’s most demanding rock band. ‘In the Court of the Crimson King’ is not only a film about a group that has been creatively active for 50 years, it’s also a film about music, why it matters, and the painful sacrifices artists have to make in order to create work that changes people’s lives, but with jokes.”

After the Oct. 19 screenings, there will be an Oct. 22 streamed screening, with a live introduction by Fripp and a Q&A session with director Toby Amies and band members, viewable via nugs.net/kingcrimson. DVD and Blu-ray releases will follow.

For more at the Clairidge screening, visit theclairidge.org.

Here is the film’s trailer:


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