<i>Married to the Marimba</i>
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Married to the Marimba looks at the lifestyle of an itinerant musician, Alex Jacobowitz, who plays a xylophone in the streets of Europe. The author and his old friend Larry Price worked on many films together. Larry wanted to make an analytical hard-hitting probing documentary about Alex. For a working title, the author and Larry settled on Gonna Travel On, to symbolize Alex's life on the road. Larry and the author rarely agreed on how to approach a film, and this could be both stimulating and tremendously infuriating. Unfortunately in Married to the Marimba it was often the latter. Investigatory and crisis films like The Chair tend to follow the chronological pattern. Married to the Marimba clearly did not fit into that pattern. Like many cinéma vérité and observational films, its themes varied, and it did not help that it was shot over ten years.

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