Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Control...

Based on a memoir by his wife Deborah and directed by Anton Corbijn, Control chronicles the far too short life of Ian Curtis, and the music he made with Joy Division. Featuring outstanding performances from Sam Riley as Curtis, and Samantha Morton as his ever patient, loyal wife Control works on two levels, both as a musical biopic and the story of a life.

The film mainly concentrates on the last seven years of Curtis’ life and never once seeks to sensationalize or romanticize him. In some ways Control is similar in style to the 1960’s Northern kitchen sink dramas with its central storyline of a moody teenager whose aspirations in life are put in check by the daily realities of married life. Of course the film is so much more than that with Curtis’ inner turmoil never far from view. His suicide, at only 23, has been well documented over the subsequent years and is never far from your mind as the film unfolds towards its inevitable conclusion. Corbijn sank large amounts of his own money into making Control and his passion and commitment to the subject shines through the entire movie. Shot in black and white the film captures the mood of industrial Manchester in the late 70’s and is essential viewing for fans of the timeless soundscapes of Joy Division.
Wonderful cinematography, terrific performances and the majestic music of Joy Division combine seamlessly to make one of best rock biopics you will see. 

 

10 comments:

  1. Thanks CC, good to be back. A few more posts on the way hopefully...

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  2. Hey Scott, how you doing?

    Good to have you back

    ah Impulse brings back memories , used to shop in both the Hamilton and Motherwell shops.

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    1. Hi Drew, EK was my local store but did pop through to Hamilton a few times. Good to be posting again, some more on the way.

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  3. Such a great film. Hope to see more posts here too!

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    1. Thanks C, hope to do more posts soon.

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  4. Had no idea you had posted this 48 hours ago...I wrote about the very same film today!!

    JC

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    1. Great minds think alike JC...such a good movie, great performances from Sam Riley and Samantha Morton.

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  5. Your closing sentence says it all. Great to read something at Spools Paradise again.

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  6. Welcome back, Scott: nice to read something from you again!

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