Control, Joy Division, Ian Curtis and Anton Corbijn
I saw the movie Control this weekend.
I was an early fan of Joy Division with the help of the New Musical Express, college radio and 3rd Street Jazz down in Philly. I as many other Americans didn't get a chance to see them because on the very day before they were to fly to the states, lead singer Ian Curtis hung himself.
In many ways, much like other rock stars who's lives were cut short, he became a legend in the post-punk 80's. Do not label them, they were unique, in no way were they "New Wave". Their music has a timeless quality to it. Their music was haunting, exhilarating and even poignant. Ian's words revealed much about his struggle for control of his loves, life and fame too.
I wasn't expecting this movie to be so good. Most rock movie biographies never work. Anton Corbijn must have known this too. He had known Ian and the band from the beginning and had always wanted to create a film that would justify Joy Division's and Ian Curtis' place in musical history. With the help of Ian's wife they succeeded in my opinion in making one of the best films of this genre yet (with Sid & Nancy and The Doors not too far behind).
Whether you are a fan or not the directing is well done, the music is so real (all actors of the band in the film played their own instruments) to the originals and Sam Riley's portrayal of Ian Curtis deserves any and all accolades.
Worth it, see it...dance, dance, dance to the radio!
Official Control website.
Joy Division's first television appearance.
Anton Corbijn's web site.