Sunday, November 18, 2007

Control


Anton Corbijn has been directing videos for more than 20 years and his curriculum includes many reference works for the likes of Depeche Mode, Nirvana or U2. Having started his career as a photographer, he accompanied Joy Division on their rise to fame, so directing a biopic about Ian Curtis and his premature death seems like a logical next-step, as a full-length debut. In fact, one of the things that mostly impressed me in "Control", along with the electifying live performances, was the severe austerity felt in every scene, something that is Corbijn's trademark. All shot in a beautiful black & white, in the end only one thing matters, which is taking a close and almost poetic look at an enigmatic Ian Curtis (amazingly played by Sam Riley), his alienation and the imaginary that surrounds him, until hanging himself to death, at only 23 years old. And slowly but surely, the movie helps understand why a myth was born.

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3 comments:

N. said...

The movie feels strangely inspiring in a way not unlike the Sex Pistols gigs in Manchester. Which is bizarre enough if you consider the overall downer mood of Joy Division's music and that the guy hangs himself. Hm, I guess I'll just skip that part... it's not really something I want to be inspired to do.

andré garcia said...

Olas! N sei se keres comentarios em tuga, ou em english...Here goes the english, you got some cool vids on youtube, you even saw björk...uouo. Your musical taste is superb, really. I simply adored Control, it's definitely one of the year's best. I'm a bif fan of joy division, an as such, i thought the depiction, ws both austere, and thorough. It's a superb film, it's like Bresson, with the best soundtrack ever. I wish i could have done this...

Random types said...

Yes, the movie really is inspiring...maybe because we know that really happened? But it can be inspiring in a positive way as well, me thinks.

n., always a pleasure to read your comments :)

andré garcia, em português ou em english :), obrigado/thanks, bem-vindo/welcome!