“Low Movie (How to Quit Smoking)”: Sound and vision collide in Duluth


“Low Movie (How to Quit Smoking)” screens at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Barrymore Theatre, 2090 Atwood Ave. Tickets are $10. Not rated, 1 hour 8 minutes, three stars out of four.

Phil Harder doesn’t appear on any albums by the Duluth band Low, but they consider him part of the band. The filmmaker has been Low’s go-to guy for videos and short films since its inception in 1993, and on their 20th anniversary, Harder decided to release a compendium of “20 years of not knowing what the hell we were doing,” as singer Alan Sparhawk wryly puts it in the introduction.

So if you’re looking for a documentary about Low, some revealing personal or backstage footage about the band, look elsewhere. (Minnesotans might not be comfortable sharing that much anyway.) Instead, “Low Movie” is like a series of short films built around music, each not having any particular relationship to the other, varying widely in style.

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