Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey (Steven M. Martin)

Rating: 3.0

An interesting case: I think this documentary was rather poorly conceived 
and directed, and yet the subject matter is so compelling that I liked 
the film anyway.  Martin omits or touches only briefly on a lot of 
crucial and potentially fascinating aspects of Leon Theremin's story, but 
he chooses to include several minutes of Brian Wilson rambling on about 
nothing in particular, just because Wilson used the theremin in "Good 
Vibrations"; that's just one example of the film's clumsiness and 
misplaced priorities.  Nobody else is likely to make another documentary 
about Theremin, though, so you might as well see this one; believe me, the 
subject matter compensates for the mediocre filmmaking.