Saturday, August 9, 2008

Small Movie Note

I am reminded, since a Joy Division song just came on the iPod, that this movie is quite good. It's filmed in black and white and is about the short short life of Ian Curtis, Joy Division's lead singer. It also, I think, presents the musical context of Joy Division's inception in a subtle way, through small cues and details. The director is a photographer (often in black and white) and a director of music videos, so it makes sense; and his approach is well suited to the film's subject. The film is based on a book by Curtis's wife that appears to be surprisingly sympathetic and clear-eyed about all the people involved. The film is, in any event.

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