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10. 'It Might Get Loud'

Director Davis Guggenheim's 2008 film was a guitar fanatic's version of The Hours – an ambitious examination of three colorful characters that crossed decades and artistic styles. Famed ax-slingers Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin, the Edge of U2 and Jack White of the White Stripes/Raconteurs/Dead Weather dove into their pasts to examine why they picked up their instruments, which musicians most influenced their sound and how their acts' greatest hits came to fruition. Their humor peeks through as well – the title comes from the Edge in a dry warning that reveals itself to be a drastic understatement.

The charm of It Might Get Loud lies in its direct courtship of guitar buffs; its acoustic reinterpretations of the band's hits are master classes in the nuances of the instrument. In the documentary's moving climax, the three men meet and teach their songs to each other in a fluid, friendly campfire-like setting. It is a pure celebration of spirit and rock & roll, and it's quite revealing, too: Page doesn't pick up U2's "I Will Follow" chordal pattern intuitively, proving that even rock gods need a bit of tutelage sometimes.

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