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Bad 25: 11 Lessons From Spike Lee's Silver-Anniversary Doc On Michael Jackson's Classic Album

09/18/2012 07:20 EDT | Updated 09/18/2012 08:48 EDT
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In this Feb. 24, 1988 file photo, Michael Jackson leans, points and sings, dances and struts during the opening performance of his 13-city U.S. tour, in Kansas City. More than three years after Michael Jackson's death on June 25, 2009, the validity of the pop superstar's will is being criticized by some of his siblings that it is a fake and the executors of his estate should step down, though experts note that the window to contest the five-page document has long since closed. (AP Photo/Cliff Schiappa, File)

Bad 25, legendary filmmaker Spike Lee’s documentary about the making of Michael Jackson’s Bad album -- not to be confused with Bad 25, the CD/DVD box set reissue of the album, which comes out today -- made its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival over the weekend.

The documentary, which first screened in Venice this past spring, celebrates the twenty-fifth anniversary of The King of Pop’s massive follow-up to Thriller by seamlessly weaving the greater narrative of Jackson’s life into a track by track breakdown of the album by Bad collaborators, fellow musicians, industry experts and famous fans.

In honour of that structure, we’ve broken down our thoughts about Bad 25 into a list of eleven things we learned from the film.

'Bad 25'