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This review is from: The Filth And The Fury - A Sex Pistols Film [VHS]  (VHS Tape)
'The Filth and The Fury' stands out as a much better film than Temple's original 'Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle'. The only flaw in the film is the overdubbing of album tracks over original live footage. The Pistols were very much a reaction against the prevailing social and cultural outlook of Britain at the time and Temple does his best to transport us there through splicing clips of riots in Northern Ireland and London with TV commercials of that era. Although many people would deny any influence, 'The Fury' does share similiar qualities in form with Guy Debord's movie 'The Society of the Spectacle'. Along with montage images of political unrest and everyday consumerism, there's also the use of Shakesperian characters as narrators to the story. Orson Welles' Macbeth in 'The Spectacle' and Lawrence Olivier's Richard III in 'The Fury'.
The best parts of the film are when various establishment figures e.g. city councilers and vicars, start to raging against the Pistols and the punk movement. From our vantage point it's difficult to see how some people could become so enraged over a rock group. Punk attitude today is almost a prerequisite for becoming a successful rock act. Another irony looking back from now is how ultimately contemporary the Pistols look. Almost conventional compared to the large hair and trousers they had to contend with. Which just goes to show how in terms of attitude and fashion, the Pistols were completely ahead of their time.
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Initial post: 23 May 2009 00:13:30 BDT
W. J. Robertson says:
I'm so glad that I'm not the only one who found the overdubbing of studio recording over the live footage annoying. While I suspect some clips were maybe shot with no soundtrack on fairly primitive equipment I've also seen plenty of the other live footage that definitely has the Pistols playing - Stuff from Scandanavia as well as most of the US tour were all filmed and most of it is out there and in fairly decent quality so why the posthumous polish by Temple?
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