September 01, 1997 12:00 PM

Cinemax (Wed., Sept. 3, 8 p.m. ET)


It was made by his business partner and companion, David Furnish, but this documentary is not entirely a video love letter to Elton John, who has an album due out later this month and a U.S. concert tour scheduled for fall. Shot in 1995, when he released his previous record and did a world tour, it shows the pop star at his most charming (joshing with longtime aide Bob Halley, visiting his aged grandmother) and his most childish (stomping off in the middle of a tennis game because a woman dared wave at him from a nearby court). At times our view of the subject is too close for comfort, ours and his. Do we really want to spy on any man as he lies in a dark room and watches a tape of his therapist discussing his “obsessive-compulsive” personality? But for all his faults and quirks, Elton John emerges as someone with a rare ability to entertain (evidenced by ample performance footage) and a willingness to laugh at himself—after he lets off some steam.

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