October 04, 1991 at 04:00 AM EDT

Harvest of Seven Years (Cropped and Chronicled)

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
performer
k.d. lang
guest performer
Roy Orbison
distributor
Warner Reprise
genre
Documentary, Musical
We gave it an A

Just when Nashville had almost recuperated from the shock of k.d. lang — outrageous, lusty, metaphysical, and supremely talented — now comes her long-form video. Harvest of Seven Years (Cropped and Chronicled) is a compilation of early Canadian-TV appearances, her spooky and spiritual duet with Roy Orbison (”Crying”), her more recent music videos (”Trail of Broken Hearts”), and live performances, it is never less than fascinating and often hypnotic and bizarre. Lang ties all these bits together with a rambling on-camera commentary, in which she can be as goofy and irritating as Jerry Lewis. But while the video starts out as a hoot, it ends up turning somber, as when lang proves her considerable dramatic skills in ”So in Love” and ”Barefoot,” both directed by Percy Adlon (Bagdad Cafe). Once a cow-punk, a send-up freak, lang has become a visionary country performer and a writer of intoxicating imagery and melody. Her transformation is one exhilarating ride to watch. A

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