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Northern Soul [DVD] 
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Northern Soul is the story of a youth culture in the 1970’s, which changed a generation.
No longer satisfied with the prospect of a small town life and a factory production line two young boys dream mof going to America to discover rare records which will help them become the best DJ’s on the scene. This journey forces them to confront rivalry, violence and drug abuse and their friendship is tested to the limit.
This is Northern Soul.
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Northern Soul's not just about Motown, or the Mods, or working class culture in the North West. Although it is about some of that, the reality is that it's a lot more complex. It's about a forgotten music that America didn't want, about a compulsive search for obscure sounds that fit the beautiful formula, and about the huge fix of belonging to a community that just knows what it's about by the shivers they get down their spine every time they hear it. And, of course, it's about the detail: pill popping, spin outs, back drops, long leather macs, bowling shirts, bomber jackets, badge laden bags, smoke filled record bars, label obsessions, box shaped handbags, box shaped boxes of records, talcum on the dance floor, tattoos on the neck, Solatio shoes, side pocket baggies, waiting on Wolverhampton station for the midnight train to Wigan, piling into photo booths at service stations along the M6...
Elaine Constantine's film captures all this, and more, within a ninety minute narrative that jaw-droppingly reconstructs the atmosphere of 1974 both in and out of Wigan Casino. Her injection of new, young blood into the scene through her pre-filming Northern Soul dance coaching clubs really adds authenticity to what otherwise could have been a clichéd approximation of how things once were. I can only hope this film helps keep alive the music for a whole new generation. America didn't want it fifty years ago. We need to keep the faith.
Having said all that, the scenes featuring dance floor action were great - the nearest thing I've seen that comes anywhere near actually being at the Casino. The dancing, clapping in time & just the feel off it were really well created.
The soundtrack was great too, but with so many great sounds to choose from it couldn't really fail.
Finally, the clothes & style were perfect (the hairstyles, hardly visible moustaches, Solatio shoes & oxford bags were spot on - I thought I was watching myself 40 years ago).
To sum up - a good film - well worth watching, some great detail, great dance floor scenes, but not quite as good as I'd hoped...
All the ingredients are there. The story of a young lad who finds inspiration from the music and his move into becoming a DJ. Great so far. The brief recreation of the Wigan Casio is very atmospheric - particularly when playing the soundtrack through a home cinema system. The music choices are good both for fans and for newbies.
However, there is so much emphasis on the drug-related plot line. I've seen others comment on this. I realise that drugs were part of the scene, but this element turned the movie into a weird crime drama at points. This overshadowed the joy of the wonderful music which should have been the focus of the film. To me this is unforgivable. There was also not enough focus on the dancers and the whole atmosphere which made places like the Wigan Casino legendary. I'm also no prude, but the level of swearing was ridiculous as to be almost laughable.
The final sequence is brilliant and touching, especially for a fan of Northern Soul like me. Ironically this well-constructed sequence gave me a glimpse of how much better the film could have been.
If I had to use a movie to illustrate how great the Northern Soul music and scene is/was, this wouldn't be it.
If your into northern soul watch this film,if your not watch it anyway you don't know what your missing.
That said, how else would you make a 90min film - not a documentary (there are plenty of those) - which captured the times - so the drugs apart, you have to give credit to the makers.
The fashion, music tracks, dancing are all very realistic and vintage -
My only regret is that our kids have heard all about what we got up to at their age and the all-nighters - this film really reflects the seedier side, with drugs and violence - not how we want to remember the Northern Soul Scene
I would still recommend that you buy it or watch it
Most Recent Customer Reviews
GREAT film, it's a bit dark as it shows another side to Northern Soul but worth a watchPublished 5 days ago by Ian B
Great storyline but wanted more music and dancing. Took me back in timePublished 7 days ago by colin duncan young
Great film,cracking songs from a different time/era that seems long gone.Published 21 days ago by adami
I bought it for my husband who loves Northern Soul. I am very open to giving any film a try. This film is bilge. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Biddy