The Man Behind the Throne

Synopsis: Vincent Paterson is the one who told Michael Jackson to grab his crotch and who was called Satan by the Pope after directing the Blond Ambition Tour. He is an artist unknown to most people, but whose moves have been imitated in front of millions of mirrors. An educated and humble man who is the somewhat unexpected link between Madonna and Lars von Trier. A poor boy from Brookhaven, PA, who became a star choreographer in Hollywood. Director Kersti Grunditz - I met Vincent in 2001, read his bio and realized I had seen all his work, but never heard of him. After a good deal of persuasion he let me into his life and allowed me to make this intimate documentary.
58 min


Look at this.

Isn't it incredible?

This will be on the top of a body.

So you can imagine the size of this.

And there'll be two of them.

But is this gorgeous?

Oh, my God. I just love this thing.


Oh, I just love him! He's so cute.

Vincent has always been

an innovator.

And the stars

that he has worked with -

Madonna, Michael Jackson,

he's worked with so many -

when they have listened to him

and when they have taken

those steps with him,

it has sent their careers

on a new path.

You've been hit by

a smooth criminal


One of the things

about Vincent is,

in a way,

he's a really well-kept secret.

There are some people

that are going after the celebrity.

Vincent, he's never cared

about that.

He's really

always been about the work.

That's it.

Bang. That's great.

Oh, he's reached the public -

you know, millions and millions

and millions of people -

in many ways, and ways

that people don't even realise.

Boom, boom, lift, four.

Boom, boom, lift, four.

"Dear friends and family,

"Here we go again -

journal entry number 1.

"I finally arrived to stay

for a while in Montreal.

"Every moment of my day is filled,

"so I might not write

as often as I used to.

"After two years of preparation,

"the show is finally moving

from paper to reality.

"A Las Vegas Cirque du Soleil show

about Elvis Presley.

"This one might be the one

I retire on.


Sketches, sketches...

This is like my script, basically.

The movie medley section -

Rock-A-Hula will be

the last of that.

And then we go to Jailhouse Rock

with that bizarre thing.

The great thing about working

here at Cirque du Soleil

is that it's like being a kid

in Santa's workshop, you know?

Whatever you put in your head, if

you can find a way to make it work,

you know, they go, "Yeah."

And if the world has

never seen it before,

"Yeah! That's what we want."

Blue Suede Shoes...

And that was what I was weaned on

with Michael and Madonna.

"All we want you to do is

create something phenomenal

"that nobody in the world

has ever seen before.

"We want to be the first.

So let your imagination go nuts."

And that's what I did.

That's what I've always

had the luxury of doing.

And now to kind of be

in the same situation again,

where there's almost no limits...

I'm blown away.

I mean, it's a director's dream

to have a theatre

built around your idea,

and that's what this is -

they built the theatre

based on the concept that I wrote.

Wow! Great!


Yeah, guys!

Sick. Just sick.

Yeah, nice!

Oh, my God. Oh, my God.

- I hope you enjoyed it.

- Are you kidding?

- Special hug.

- Oh, sh*t. Oh, man.

- Can I introduce you to my mom?

- Oh, I'd love to meet your mom.

- Hi. I'm Vincent.

- I'm pleased to meet you.

What's your first name?

- Claudia.

- Claudia. Nice to meet you.

- Well, it is nice to meet you.

- Thank you.

It's a wonderful show.

It's just the beginning.

Yes, my friend.

- You know when I did the shake over there?

- Mm-hm.

- Is that something I can keep in?

- No, I love it!

- Cool, because it's...

- I love it!

It's inspired by Elvis -

why not have something shaking?

Exactly! I love it.

In late news from Los Angeles,

the LA Times is reporting that

pop star Michael Jackson has died.

Katie, startling news

here this evening.

The LA paramedics got a 911 call

at about 12:
21 this afternoon

from Michael Jackson's

posh house in Bel Air.

They rushed to the house

and found him in cardiac arrest,

not breathing.

Michael, really,

is responsible for my career,

believing in me at the beginning,

when I had very few credits.

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