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“Scott Walker: 30 Century Man” Murders Mystery (in a good way).

Much of the success of “Scott Walker 30 Century Man’” lies in its simple production and form.

After spending a good hour last night futiley attempting to explain Scott Walker, both the man and his music, to people in person, over the phone and through a battery of poorly worded text messages, I finally broke down and began replying with the only obvious answer, “Go listen.”

In a sense, director Stephen Kijak does the same. He keeps his production clean and restrained, using archival footage, brief animated musical interludes and interviews juxtaposing the blown minds of collaborators and musical luminaries as David Bowie, Brian Eno, Radiohead, Sting, Jarvis Cocker with candid chats with Walker himself that demystify the man, leaving the mystery to exist in his music alone.

A ray of light in times rife with tabloid music documentaries spawned in the vain of their cliché-ridden “Behind The Music” melodrama archetypes, “30 Century Man” keeps Scott Walker’s personal life personal.

I won’t lie. I’m not going to say I wasn’t expecting a sort of Syd Barrettesque portrait of a whacked out genius old man half-crippled by acid flashbacks, holed up in a dusty makeshift basement recording studio somewhere, crooning tales of “Anthrax Jesus” and punching “donkeys in the streets of Galway” into an unplugged microphone. But gone are the tales of sex and drugs and rock n’ roll excess, fucked up family life and the prototypical plunge into despair.

Instead of dredging up any dirty business, the movie unfolds tastefully to tell the tail of a humble, honest, sane musician with a firm grasp on his limitations as an artist and as a man.

In removing the shackles of Walker’s mythos, Kijak has done all Walker’s fans a favor. The justice will come the next time we listen to our favorite Walker track or album from beginning to end and are left with only the sound.