Published Mar 28, 2009In their own inimitable manner, Montreal's Arcade Fire offer fans unique access to their methodology with the stunning film, Miroir Noir: Neon Bible Archives. In lieu of a biographical arc, filmmakers Vincent Morisset and Vincent Moon draw upon the band's surreally funny toll-free-number answering-machine promotion for 2007's Neon Bible to construct a guerrilla-style art film that blends abstract imagery with powerful performances and private moments.
Arcade Fire's free spirit and generosity to fans shines throughout. From snippets of songs being constructed in their church studio, ad-hoc instrumentation created in freight elevators, and members appearing in the audience of The Price is Right, the film is coy, insightful, and ostensibly narrated by anonymous devotees and detractors leaving phone messages. Much like Arcade Fire, Miroir Noir is dizzying, ambitious, and compelling at every turn.