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Watch: Trailer For Phoenix Documentary 'From A Mess To The Masses'

The Playlist By Todd Gilchrist | The Playlist October 10, 2011 at 10:39AM

Who doesn't love French indie-rockers Phoenix? Oh, we're sure they'll be dismissed as some as hipsterish, but there's a joyfulness to their records that make them transcend any hipster connotations, and they seem to get better, and more popular with time. Hell, Sofia Coppola loved them so much so she put one of their songs in "Lost in Translation," married the frontman, Thomas Mars, and got the band to score her last movie "Somewhere."
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Who doesn't love French indie-rockers Phoenix? Oh, we're sure they'll be dismissed as some as hipsterish, but there's a joyfulness to their records that make them transcend any hipster connotations, and they seem to get better, and more popular with time. Hell, Sofia Coppola loved them so much so she put one of their songs in "Lost in Translation," married the frontman, Thomas Mars, and got the band to score her last movie "Somewhere."

As it turns out, there's now a documentary about them. TwentyFourBit revealed the trailer for "From A Mess to the Masses," a 52-minute film by Antoine Wagner (who directed the video for the band's hit single "Lisztomania," the song from which the film's title is taken) that followed them on tour as they plugged their fourth album Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, the one that truly made them crossover successes.

It looks like pretty standard band-on-tour fare, albeit well shot, but we like the band enough that we might be willing to give it a shot. It airs on the Arte network in France and Germany at 10pm this Thursday, the 13th, but there's no news on whether it might see the light outside that; we're sure a special edition re-release of the album with a DVD of the film isn't outside the realms of possibility. Watch the clip below.

Update: Looks like Vimeo has requested that the trailer be taken down. If you missed it, fingers crossed we get another look at some point with either a DVD release or some type of distribution stateside.
Update #2: The whole documentary is now streaming, check it out below.

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