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The Filth And The Fury - A Sex Pistols Film [DVD]
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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 Collis --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.See all Product description
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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."
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NO SPOILERS IN MY REVIEW FOR THOSE WHO HAVEN'T SEEN IT!!
I love The Sex Pistols and this is a great insight into them not only...Read more