Bart Lipton's endearing documentary on one of Chicago's best-known rock acts (2001, 50 min.) begins with lead singer Billy Corgan explaining that they played out “your basic band success story . . . all the cliches.” He's right—the Pumpkins' tale includes the usual sex, drugs, and finally a breakup—but his bandmates share his appealing lack of pretense; none of them claims to understand why they suddenly clicked with each other musically or why they were so successful. The film also includes some fine and previously unseen concert footage.
By Fred Camper