Lucky Three or Lucky Three: an Elliott Smith Portrait is an 11-minute short film featuring Elliott Smith playing acoustic songs. Directed by Jem Cohen, the film was recorded October 17-20, 1996 in Portland, Oregon, and released in 1997. It is available on Kill Rock Stars’ Video Fanzine #1 release (1999, out of print). In an MTVindie outing interview, Smith described it as “a cross between a video and a documentary, but actually being neither of the two.”
Instrumental version based on what became “Baby Britain”, at the beginning and between the last two songs
“Between the Bars” (take 3), live on film version here, LP version available on Either/Or (1997)
In just two and a half minutes: five catchy verses, an understated solo, a captivating middle eight, and, as he starts the turn into the home stretch, a shimmering, Rubber Soul-quality bridge that brings it all together.
And, yet, it’s still a practically perfect pop song.