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"Ever get the feeling you've been cheated?" sneers Johnny Rotten at the Sex Pistols' farewell performance. After seeing this picture you'll understand his disgust, but Julian Temple's sharp portrait of the ragged, raw band of working-class Brits won't leave you disappointed. The Sex Pistols left their legacy in a whirlwind 26-month reign, spitting out a caustic, confrontational brand of rock & roll that became the rallying cry for angry, disaffected youths in late 1970s England and defined the punk movement. Their story was first told two decades ago in the cynical The Great Rock and Roll Swindle, also directed by Temple but produced by the Sex Pistols' smarmy manager, Malcolm McLaren, who stage-managed the film into a self-promoting vanity project. For The Filth and the Fury, Temple turns to the four surviving band members to tell their own stories. His vibrant, vigorous direction captures the period of social unrest and alienated youth without turning into a history lesson, and shows the Pistols in all their insolent glory: spewing obscenities and gesturing lewdly to audiences and press alike, screaming out lyrics, overcoming musical limitations with pure passion and attitude. Rare, raw concert footage (including their final performance, which is appropriately enough the song "No Fun") and previously unseen interviews with the deceased Sid Vicious further energize the portrait. There's even footage of the smiling band cutting cake for kids at a fundraiser with nary a nasty gesture or sneering comment. Now there's a side of the Pistols you don't see everyday.
Wow, it was great to take a trip back to the 1970's! Those TV clips really took me back. I've been to London, so I could appreciate the historical references as well. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lynn
Very worthwhile on many levels. It serves as an interesting record of an important punk band, of course. But it is so much more. The people story is fascinating. Read morePublished 1 month ago by librich
Julien Temple has outdone himself with this caringly done and successful story on punk rock's seminal group, the Sex Pistols. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Thirty-Ought Six
I loved this film! Very enlightening look at the Sex Pistols. The punk pioneers, Johnny Rotten, especially, comes across very differently than he was portrayed in the press at... Read morePublished 16 months ago by lepfan
As a longtime Pistols fan ,I have watched this DVD about 15 times since I purchased it and my enjoyment and appreciation of it only grows each time. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Miss Hater
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Long live the Sex Pistols!!!
May 7, 2008 by Richard Byers | See all 2 posts
|the sex pistols are punk rock at its best and and most raw||Be the first to reply|