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Metallica: Some Kind of Monster

Genre: Documentary
Country: USA
Year: 2004
Duration: 141 min

Director: Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky

Cast: James Hatfield, Lars Urlich, Kirk Hammett, Robert Trujillo

Programme selection: MTV presents: Burn Planet Rock



A fascinating, in-depth portrait of the most successful heavy metal band of all time, as they faced monumental personal and professional challenges while recording their first studio album of original songs in five years. In the tradition of such seminal music documentaries as Don’t Look Back and Gimme Shelter, Metallica: Some Kind of Monster seeks to transcend the conventions of the “rock ‘n’ roll movie” genre, trading rock-star posing for truthful introspection, and revealing an intimate portrait of the individuals behind a legendary band and their unique creative journey.


Audience Award for Best Documentary, Ghent International Film Festival (2004), Independent Spirit Award (2005), Audience Award, NatFilm Festival (2004)


Joe Berlinger is an American documentary filmmaker, journalist, and photographer whose frequent collaboration with fellow director Bruce Sinofsky has resulted in an abundance of awards and recognition, including an Oscar® nomination for the final film of his “Paradise Lost” trilogy. His articles and photographs have appeared in such acclaimed publications as The New York Times and his long career as a television producer and director has won him a number of Emmys.


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