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Saturday, August 09, 2008
World's Shortest Movie Review: "Control"
Summary: The very short life story of Ian Curtis, epileptic vocalist of Joy Division. His struggles with sudden fame, seizures, an early marriage, and a mistress ended with his suicide at age 23, in 1980. Upsides: Marvelously well-cast, artfully filmed in B&W. And of course the soundtrack is great. Good use of the music; "Love Will Tear Us Apart" plays as Debbie Curtis (Samantha Morton) literally tears apart her flat searching for evidence of her husband's affair. Downsides: Rather shallow portrait of Curtis; we see his morose and guilt-ridden side, but little else. Where's the infamous temper? The punk 'tude? Actor Sam Riley apparently did some of the vocals, because the concert scenes sound nothing like Ian Curtis (they do look him, though, complete with weird dancing). Also, I can't get "Transmission" out my head.
"All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree. All these aspirations are directed toward ennobling man's life, lifting it from the sphere of mere physical existence and leading the individual towards freedom." - Albert Einstein