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Review: Daft Punk Unchained

This in depth documentary explores the pop culture phenomenon of the mysterious music duo Daft Punk. The documentary attempts to pull back the masks of the Grammy award winning French musicians, who are famed for performing in robot attire that hides their faces. The documentary includes radio interviews, rare footage and exclusive interviews with their close friends and collaborators.

It was surprising to see that The two members of Daft Punk, Thomas Bangalter, 40, and Guy-Manuel de Homem Christo, 41, gave unprecedented approval for the 85-minute documentary. Normally the two are reluctant to talk to media, their voices are heard in excerpts lifted from some rare past interviews. In keeping with the enigmatic aura they have cultivated, they largely leave the way they are portrayed to others.

This documentary gives a chronological rundown of Daft Punk's 20-year career.
It recounts their start as Parisian youngsters in a 1992 rock band called Darlin' that earned them a poor review in a British music magazine dismissed their efforts as "daft punky thrash" -- and how they ended up appropriating that as their name as they embarked into electronic dance music.

"Da Funk", their first commercial hit that came out in 1995, launched them into international stardom. In a break with industry practices at the time, they kept artistic control and were willing to eschew money from their record label Virgin to maintain it.

The 1997 video clip for their next big hit, "Around the World", saw them donning spraypainted motorbike helmets to lend them a robotic air.

Afterwards, they kept the look and took it further, with custom helmets, to build their image, maintain their mystique -- and to be able to take them off and escape the problems of fame whenever they liked.
What's must iconic is that beyond the helmets that have become the symbol of the French pair, Daft Punk's unbending refusal to compromise musically has become their signature. An extraordinary documentary overall !

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