directed by Doug Pray
by Walter Chaw Doug Pray's non-fiction Scratch, about the men behind the dual turntables digging new grooves into much-abused vinyl, presents a fitfully fascinating glimpse into the DJ music scene. The problem with the film is that it's more of a performance piece than a documentary, spending too much time extolling the questionable and specific virtues of the music while giving little insight into what it is that makes said music attractive to a growing audience. The picture's strength lies in the curious revelation that in resurrecting old and forgotten "breaks" (beats embedded in vintage tunes), these generally uneducated "turntable-ists" are engaged in the same process as T.S. Eliot was: the reclamation of art as it is filtered through the prism of artists who see themselves as the repository of the whole of a particular Western media.