The Filth And The Fury - A Sex Pistols Film [VHS] 
Julien Temple directs this documentary profile of the Sex Pistols - Johnny Rotten (née Lydon), Glen Matlock, Paul Jones, Steve Cook and Sid Vicious - the punk band who shocked the world both with their music and their off-stage antics in the latter half of the 1970s. Including much never-before-seen material from the band members' personal archives, this film debunks many of the myths which have grown up around the Pistols, allowing them to tell their story their own way - free from the influence of controversial former manager Malcolm McLaren.
While it may be true that the Internet is the new "punk" medium it's difficult to imagine any future documentaries about the Web being anywhere near as entertaining as this tale of how the Sex Pistols changed the history of music--and safety pins--forever. Directed by long-standing Pistols pal Julien Temple, who was also responsible for the band's Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle film, The Filth And The Fury is the full story from the group's struggling early days (which found them using mikes nicked from David Bowie) to the furore surrounding Sid Vicious' alleged murder of smackhead girlfriend Nancy Spungeon. Using both contemporary news footage and his own never-before-seen backstage material, Temple succeeds in not just explaining why the rise of Johnny Rotten & Co. was important but also why it was inevitable in that socio-political context, when conformity was prized above all. Also included in the film, of course, are a raft of great songs such as "Anarchy in the UK" and "Pretty Vacant" but the most memorable moments come with the new interview material which finds a guilt-stricken Rotten still beating himself up for not rescuing the now deceased Vicious from Spungeon's claws: "All's I can tell you is, yes, I can take on England but I couldn¹t take on one heroin addict." --Clark CollisSee all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
What I particularly enjoyed was the way it cut Malcom McClaren down to size. For years people have been saying that he "invented punk" and that the Pistols were a "projection of his fantasies" and silly things like that. But as John Lydon retorts here "I invented me, no one else did." McClaren's boastfulness blows up in his face. He's really made to look stupid, and, whether rightly or wrongly, completely selfish and ruthless.
The interviews with Lydon are funny, clever and moving in turn. When he talks about the death of Sid it's very sad. It's actually quite a tragic tale this. It's easy to forget that Sid was not just an icon but, as Lydon puts it as he tries to hold back the tears "my mate, one of the four Johns."
Johnny, John, Paul, Sid and Glen with the help of Julien Temple brilliantly tell the tale of this band and the time in history when Britain and the World were kicked into moving those moral boundaries. They explain what happened and exactly why it HAD to happen. Fully expressive, the film is so well made, that even those who don't understand the music will appreciate and respect what it's about. I was not a Punk in the 70's, but a TRUE ROOTS ROCKERS Casual girl, totally 'ism'd' about my Roots/Lovers music. It seems I missed out on a lot of fun, this film is really a must if you're the least bit curious about the REAL PUNK SCENE.
2014 autobiography, in itself a vivid and absorbing account of the genesis of punk
culture and the major players in the drama which unfolded in and around her
and Malcolm McClaren's chaotic World's End shop in the gloom of 1970's Britain.
Julian Temple's 2007 work about the rise and fall of The Sex Pistols is set against
a backdrop of national political turmoil and its impact on socially and emotionally
disaffected youth is an engaging and powerful masterclass in documentary making.
The recollections of surviving band members are shot in shadow, an at times
disconcerting technique which nonetheless serves to amplify the tawdry story.
Mr Rotten's narrative, in particular, is both articulate and curiously affecting.
Live footage of the band in their mercurial but damned ascendency captures
a real sense of what it must have been like to be trapped in a room with them!
Although by no means a fan at the time I find myself drawn to them in my dotage.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Inspiring - be yourself! Don't take life too seriously. Pistols were like a firework - burst colourfully into life then disappeared.Published 10 months ago by steve clarke
Superb film for any self respecting Pistols fan and well worth watching to hear their history from their perspectivePublished 10 months ago by Boppinggeo
If you like John then you're going to love this! A must for the Classic Shelf!Published 11 months ago by neighbour