In the Court of the Crimson King: King Crimson at 50

Toby Amies · 2022
85min · DCP
  • Wednesday, Nov 8, 2023, 7:30pm
  • Thursday, Nov 9, 2023, 7:30pm

King Crimson is a band that people literally are dying to be in. IN THE COURT OF THE CRIMSON KING is a dark, comic film for anyone who wonders whether it is worth sacrificing everything for just a single moment of transcendence. For over 50 years Robert Fripp, also famous for his work with Bowie and Eno, has overseen a unique creative environment in which freedom and responsibility conspire to place extraordinary demands on the band’s members – only alleviated by the applause of an audience whose adoration threatens to make their lives even harder. It’s a rewarding and perilous space in which the extraordinary is possible, nothing is certain, and not everyone survives intact.

“[A] thoughtful, intimate portrait… utterly enthralling.” Leslie Felperin, The Guardian

In the Court of the Crimson King is really about as good as rock documentaries get, in capturing the essence of a group of musicians and how they relate to each other, the world and a muse whose demands result in literal and figurative calluses.” Chris Willman, Variety