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5.0 out of 5 stars Endlessly fascinating
Can't believe this film hasn't received loads of great reviews on here, it's one that has stuck firmly in my memory since I first saw it on TV around 2001/2002. I've watched it quite a few times in the past 13 years, done a bit of background reading and seen some interviews of Ms. Morley talking about it on Youtube... so it was a little gem to get the Commentary feature...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Self-obsessed
Carol Morley's film is all about her favourite subject - Carol Morley.

Richard Witts calls her a "2nd division celebrity f***er". Well, it takes one to know one.

The best thing about this DVD was briefly seeing Vini Reilly in his house, cuddling his cat, and doing tai-chi in his back garden. Shame you couldn't hear his guitar playing,...
Published 9 months ago by Adrian


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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Self-obsessed, 15 Jun. 2014
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Carol Morley's film is all about her favourite subject - Carol Morley.

Richard Witts calls her a "2nd division celebrity f***er". Well, it takes one to know one.

The best thing about this DVD was briefly seeing Vini Reilly in his house, cuddling his cat, and doing tai-chi in his back garden. Shame you couldn't hear his guitar playing, although some of his music was used in the film. But it wasn't really worth buying the DVD just for that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Endlessly fascinating, 14 Dec. 2014
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Can't believe this film hasn't received loads of great reviews on here, it's one that has stuck firmly in my memory since I first saw it on TV around 2001/2002. I've watched it quite a few times in the past 13 years, done a bit of background reading and seen some interviews of Ms. Morley talking about it on Youtube... so it was a little gem to get the Commentary feature on this DVD. There are 2 short films as well - the second called 'Stalin My Neighbour' featuring Alicya Eyo is just superb - both the acting and script are spot on. Can understand that 'The Alcohol Years' wouldn't be for everyone - you would have to have an interest in the Manchester club & music scene of the late 80s/early 90s for example, but if you have, then this is a really great addition to the 'mythology' that surrounds the city and its inhabitants. It explores commonly held attitudes regarding female promiscuity, but that wasn't what I found of interest. It is the warm - and sometimes bitter - characters who, talking straight to camera, express their feelings and attitudes re. Carol's behaviour during that period, which I enjoyed. Their comments, along with archive and reconstructed footage all serve as fragments which build up some semblance of a picture of what Carol was like in those days. What's also interesting is the point she is making about how we can be defined and described differently by different people and that their opinions or memories of us may differ from our own. By the end of the film, there is still mystery as to the reasons for her behaviour, missing fragments of information and detail and that is why it lingers in the mind - in my case, over a decade later! As Carol says in her commentary, there isn't one single reason to explain it. I can identify with that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars real life, 10 Sept. 2014
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very good documentary
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