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Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten [Blu-ray] [Region Free]

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  • Actors: Joe Strummer, Steve Jones, Mick Jones
  • Directors: Julien Temple
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Channel 4 DVD
  • DVD Release Date: 28 May 2012
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007E88QGG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,141 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Filmmaker Julien Temple's celebration of the life and work of Joe Strummer, frontman of punk band The Clash from 1977 onwards. As a musical icon and political activist, Strummer was never shy about saying what was on his mind. The film contains previously unseen footage including studio sessions, archive and early childhood footage and interviews with devotees including Martin Scorsese, Bono, members of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Mick Jones.

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Directed and produced by Joe Strummer's long-time friend Julian Temple (director of 'The Filth and the Fury'), Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten explores the life of the iconic Clash frontman, from his birth in 1952 and rise to fame as one of music's most original voices, to his fatal heart attack in 2002.

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By Rolo TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 Sept. 2007
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A superb film. By mixing archive material in an imaginative rather than literal way with contemporary conversations around the campfire, this film the captures the spirit of Strummer and the punk ethos. At the same time Strummer's voice, which narrates and comments on the film almost as if he is still with us, offers a critical perspective on the Clash as a band that turned into the type of rock superstars they set out to attack. Bittersweet, angry, elegiac and, for anyone who lived through that era, extraordinarily moving. Great concert footage too.
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Julien Temple's biography of Joe Strummer, "The Future Is Unwritten", brilliantly captures the labyrinth that was Joe Strummer while reminding us that every stage of Joe's evolution - born John Graham Mellor, to the communal 'Woody' Mellor, to Joe Strummer - was part of Joe's constant struggle to define himself while concomitantly asserting his basic humanity.

"The Future Is Unwritten" provides us with a glimpse into all that comprised Joe Strummer: Joe's rootless childhood with a distant father and troubled brother, Joe's embrace of the communal lifestyle that would follow him throughout his life, Joe's ascent into rock stardom beginning with the 101'ers and then The Clash, Joe's ultimate disillusionment with rock stardom, his wilderness years, followed by Joe's embrace of his entire legacy and the peace at which he arrived in his final years.

The film does not engage in hagiography, however. We see all that comprised Joe Strummer the man including his flaws. Joe admits as much in the multitude of observations from the man himself that are interspersed throughout the film.

In the end, Julien Temple's film captures the life of Joe Strummer with a mood and feeling evocative of one of Joe's beloved campfires, so much so that by the end you feel that you actually are there in some way. I walked away from this film with the reaffirmation of Joe's very accessible genius: through his music Joe wanted to touch humanity in some way while attempting to transcend humanity at the same time.

Joe remains very much missed. Julien Temple's film reminds us why.

Five stars.
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Of the many bands that emerged during the early punk period The Pistols and the Clash can probably lay claim to be the pathfinders. Joe Strummer comes over as an articulate, likeable but vain man who could be a fickle friend - this documentary is no hagiography. Its often interesting to chart the rise to fame of English rockstars and the concomitant improvement in their dentistry and Joe is no exception - his teeth were minging at the beginning! (See also David Bowie).

Joe's friends speak honestly and affectionately about him and of course the music is brilliant. I had forgotten how big The Clash got in America which was of course ultimately their downfall as a band. The recording of the Shea Stadium gig which I have on CD (Live at Shea Stadium: 13 Oct 1982/Remastered) is awesome so it was sad to listen to the band talking about "going through the motions" by that stage. The fusion of rock, punk, reggae and anything else that took their fancy was awesome. Joe's post-Clash career with the Pogues and the Mescaleros is charted and his early and unexpected death is discussed by his friends with some emotion.

Julien Temple has yet again come up with an outstanding music documentary (see also The Filth And The Fury [DVD] [2000])of a politically committed rock musician who made a tremendous mark on the times he lived through and left behind a great body of music.
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I was never really a Clash fan, but I really like this film. I agree there's too much mythologizing, but that seems usual when dealing with deceased performers.

But I have to say Bono talking about integrity is hard to stomach, viz. his tax exile status and the war criminals he hangs out with. One star deducted for that.

Still very worth watching - music and cultural history - but finger on the fast forward!
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If you like the clash the you'll love this DVD .It gives you a great insight into the life of Jo Strummer and the social /political climate of the time that produced so much good music that is sadly lacking now .It really follows the development of the Clash and the various people surrounding them and Jo Strummers own spiritual journey .
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A wonderful film giving an excellent insight in to one of the 20th centuries greatest and most influential musical icons. Being a huge Clash fan I had high expectations and wondered if any biopic could live up to those; I wasn't disappointed though! Julien Temple is a first rate film maker, especially when it comes to music (check out Oil City Confidential as well) and this film ranks amongst the finest I've seen. The extras with a huge quantity of extra interview footage are a great bonus too and add something special to the overall package.
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Great director (Julien Temple). Great subject. Great story.
Contributions by the absolute cream of 1970's/ 80's music and other legends such as Bob Gruen and Jim Jarmusch.
I was welling up at the firemans benefit bit- superb!
Will watch again soon.
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