Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Singer/actress Ronee Blakely, best remembered for her portrayal of an emotionally tattered country-western star in Nashville, was responsible for this bizarre, hallucinatory vanity production. I Played it for You concentrates on Blakely's stormy 6-year marriage to filmmaker Wim Wenders, who appears as himself and reportedly advised his ex-wife on production techniques. No effort is made to explain what attracted Blakely to Wenders (nor why she refers to him as "Howard") but plenty of time is given over to the reasons for their breakup. Shot in a variety of film gauges (including 8 millimeter), the film looks more like a home movie than a documentary. Fourteen songs are performed in the course of I Played it for You, which briefly surfaced at a theater in Venice, California before retreating into obscurity.