If you’ve known me for more than a week, you might know that two of my favorite things in life are Pearl Jam and all things italiano. I lived and studied in Italy for a time, and I am completely smitten with the language, the culture, the people, the coffee, the food, and even the music.
So this new DVD forthcoming from Pearl Jam is enough to make me fairly pass out from the pleasure wiring in my brain short-circuiting with a zillion tiny sparks.
I believe the official title of the DVD is Immagine In Cornice (“Eemah-geenay een Cor-nee-chay — “Picture in a Frame,” named after the Tom Waits cover performed in Milan) although they’ve gone back and forth on translation issues (it could be “Telaio”). The DVD is due out September 25, with a presale starting through pearljam.com on August 22.
The film was shot in a variety of formats from Super-8 to Hi Def, and was directed by Danny Clinch, a man who has worked with tons of greats. Some of my favorites from Clinch are the September feature with Ryan Adams, the Pleasure and Pain documentary with Ben Harper, and the recent Broken Radio video with Jesse Malin & Springsteen. You can also explore Clinch’s very cool Three on the Tree Productions site to learn more about the rad work he does. I want his job.
Clinch says, “Picture in a Frame is a film I’ve really wanted to make. The band invited me to Italy and gave me the access I needed to show a side seldom seen by their fans. It has become a collaboration as well. The band even offered me some music that has never been heard and Mike went into the studio to create some more music for the soundscapes. This is a look at Pearl Jam that no one has seen yet. A trip through northern Italy with the band, through the document and through abstraction.”
Here is the first glance at the trailer. I’m dying . . .
Hearing Eddie speak in Italian makes me so happy, you seriously have no idea. He doesn’t do too badly, either.
The last three seconds of this trailer are priceless (“Jam? Like [spreading motion] jam?”)