This documentary is probably the most complete and documented film that was ever dedicated to this cult no wave wandering band named Tuxedomoon. It contains extremely rare archives and long interviews of the three core members of the band – Steven Brown, Blaine Reininger and Peter Principle – commenting on the past with an eye on what they are doing today in a globalized world some aspects of which they already escaped in 1981, when they moved from the United States to Europe.
Film director Nicholas Triandafyllidis (Screamin Jay Hawkins: I Put A Spell on Me), is a dedicated follower of the band since his early teens. He has worked with Blaine L. Reininger in all of his fiction films (Tuxedomoon allowed the director to use Ghost Sonata for his debut short film Dogs Licking my Heart, Reininger wrote the original soundtrack for Radio Moscow and Overcoat and he appeared as a lead actor in all of his films-including the bizarre Black Milk as a magician from outer space). Triandafyllidis also was the executive producer for Reininger’s solo LP The More I Learn, The Less I Know and was the promoter for all the Greek gigs of Reininger and Tuxedomoon. The story goes on as recently the band appeared at the film director’s venue Gagarin 205 in Athens during their long awaited come back tour.
Filmed around their tenth anniversary show at the legendary Lycabetus amphitheatre in Athens where they perfomed in front of 4000 ecstatic hardcore fans, No Tears is an intimate confession of three artists in permanent exile-citizens of the duty-free zone- with warmth, integrity and bitterness. The live footage of the gig is superb-actually this may be the only Tuxedomoon live perfomance properly filmed with a professional crew. The rare archive footage is a must not only for the hardcore funs but for every music buff who cares about the history of avant garde in the barriers of pop music.
Τuxedomoon: No Tears (1998) – Credits
Director/ Screenplay: Nicholas Triandafyllidis
Cinematography: Giannis Kotrotsis – Stefan Grebe
Editing: Nicholas Triandafyllidis
Producers: Nicholas Ttriandafyllidis/Nick Vergetis
Production: Astra, Show Vision and Sound/Spotlight SA/ Greek Television 1
World Distribution: ΕΡΤ