Great Wall of Sound 2007


Director Craig Zobel created a meticulous re-enactment of a real-life incident for Compliance, in which an anonymous callers humiliated workers in a burger-franchise outlet. His earlier film, indie comedy Great Wall of Sound, has a similar distrust of big business; Martin (Pat Healy) and Clarence (Kene Holliday) are hard up enough to accept jobs as record producers, but finding talent isn’t really their true purpose. In a series of motel auditions, they meet and listen to aspiring performers, hoping to persuade them to part with cash for contracts that might give them a shot at stardom. It’s all a scam on a Glengarry Glen Ross scale, and Zobel does a good job of showing how both the salesmen and the aspiring singers are victims of a con-trick that will be familiar to anyone who knows the music industry.


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