DVD - 2008
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Ian Curtis has aspirations beyond the trappings of small town life in 1970s England. Wanting to emulate his musical heroes, he joins a band, and his musical ambition begins to thrive. Soon though, the everyday fears and emotions, fueled by his music, slowly begin to eat away at him. Married young, with a daughter, he is distracted from his family commitments by a new love and the growing expectations of his band, Joy Division. The strain manifests itself in his health. With epilepsy adding to his guilt and desperation, depression takes hold. Surrendering to the weight on his shoulder, Ian's tortured soul consumes him and leads him to commit suicide at the age of 23.
Publisher: [New York?] : Weinstein Company ; Santa Monica, CA : Distributed by Genius Products, [c2008].
Edition: Widescreen version.
ISBN: 9781594450099
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE DRAMA
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (121 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.


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Feb 03, 2018

I recently watched "the Judge" and "to Kill a Mockingbird", and this was way better. A story simply told, from a distance, in black and white imagery, yet it holds your attention, and had surprisingly little music involved ; you could hate this band and still love the movie. Recommended by my librarian, and now me too, to anyone who likes good literature or art. Not for children with short attention spans or anyone looking for a high -energy "concert " film. The unexpected gentleness reminded me of the Assassination of Jesse James movie (which my phone almost succeeded in autocorrecting to Jesus James, thank you modern technology). Also, fantastic acting. * I had the additional tension of not remembering if our hero was still alive and happily retired in a seaside cottage raising bees, or died in a tragic drug overdose like thousands of musicians tend to do... But if you're reading this website, they've already spoiled the ending.

Sep 21, 2016

Really good look at the life and death of Joy Division front man Ian Curtis.

Marinetti Jun 23, 2015

Excellent biopic of Joy Division singer Ian Curtis. Directed by the noted Dutch photographer Anton Corbijn.

Dec 20, 2014

This biopic of the life, and death, of Ian Curtis, lead singer for 80’s band “Joy Division”, is a well-acted and beautifully filmed drama. His rise to fame and subsequent breakdown is captured in razor-sharp B&W imagery.......deftly avoiding cheap melodrama and instead delivering a street-level, working class tragedy. Very well done.

Mar 23, 2013

A wonderfully layered portrait of a Godlike Genius of early New Wave and loving but tortured family man, Ian Curtis of Joy Division. A first film from an early JD fan and photographer with inspired casting of relative unknown actor/musicians that played all the music in the film (best I've ever seen this done) as well as better known character actors. Brilliant performances from Sam Riley who seems to channel Curtis and Samantha Morton as his wife (on whose autobiography much of the story is based. Surprisingly non-judgemental but also does not pull it's emotional punches. Curtis was flawed, immensely talented, but also a victim of his ill-health and the guilt, stress and sadness that ultimately consumed him.

Dec 29, 2012

A well made biopic on Ian Curtis. Black and white was the logical format for the filmmaker to utilize, magnifying the bleak atmosphere. Curtis wasn't ready for marriage. For a family. Both so young. But he proposed. And later suggested they have baby. His wife, Debbie, was nothing but devoted, and accommodating. And he was heartless. Selfish. Weak. For repeatedly hurting her through consistent infidelity, and leaving their little child without a father. And the same goes for that homewrecking skank Annik. She knew about Debbie. The self-centered piece of trash was despicable for instigating/continuing it. Ok. I'm done. (lol)

Dec 09, 2012

Wonderful film. Anton Corjbin dramatized Ian's situations in his life and with the band in a very close extent to the real events. 100 % recommended for JD fans!

Dec 03, 2012

Incredibly beautiful and raw film about Ian Curtis.

Kong72 Aug 02, 2012

Great scripted film (not a documentary) about the life and death of Ian Curtis (of Joy Division). Shot in beautiful b&w, this movie takes a long hard look at Ian's life...warts and all.

Jun 20, 2012

This is the dramatic bio-pic that turned me on to Joy Division. Their music remains compelling and influential. Good companion pieces are the documentary "Joy Division" and the docu-drama "24 Hour Party People".

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Dec 29, 2012

Ian Curtis: "Existence. Well... what does it matter? I exist on the best terms I can. The past is now part of my future. The present is well out of hand."

Dec 29, 2012

Ian Curtis: "So this is permanence; love-shattered pride. What once was innocence, has turned on its side."


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