The Filth and the Fury - A Sex Pistols Film
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This movie almost seemed to zip by too fast, but then, so did the Sex Pistols. Come to think of it, the last 20 years (when I first started listening to them in junior high and chopped my hair off into a spike) also zipped by pretty fast...they put all the best songs, the best performances in here, along with some rare footage.
Sex Pistols fans may have already seen the interview with a nodded-out Sid Vicious and sleazy girlfriend Nancy Spungen (who makes Courtney Love on one of her bad days look like Grace Kelly in comparison) trying to wake him up for the camera as he snores ("Sid, wake up...they're tryin' ta interview ya..."). But what no fans may not have seen is a short, heartbreaking clip of an interview with Vicious after he is out on bail after being arrested for her murder. When the interviewer thoughtlessly asks him if he's 'having fun right now' (what was that reporter thinking? the kid looks completely miserable), Vicious just chuckles bitterly and asks him, "Are you kidding? No, I'm not having any fun, at all." When the interviewer asks him where he wishes he was right now, Vicious' quiet, calm answer to the question is so chilling and heartfelt that it made every hair on my body stand on end. In a scene shortly after, John Lydon talks about Sid getting his aforementioned wish, and for a minute you think that in the voice over he is laughing, because as a rule you don't see John Lydon displaying any other emotion other than general crankiness. Then you suddenly, shockingly realize he's actually in genuine tears over his dead boyhood friend.Read more ›
This is a humourous and touching film - especially when Rotten comes to tears while speaking of Sid's demise. Who would have thought that the closest bond in the band would be between Rotten and Vicious. The narration was by each band member in silhouette - clearly illustrating their feeling that they had all been rape victims. The "rapist" himself, manager Malcolm McLaren is represented by a respiring black rubber mask - the bondage that restricted the band. Juxtaposed throughout are scenes from British comedy shows from which Rotten amassed his wide range of spectacular facial expressions, and scenes from Richard The III, in which Laurence Olivier spouts lines perfectly coinciding with the Pistols' own story. After all, they had an exceptional sense of theatrics.
Though they were hygienically and linguistically foul, the racket the Pistols made was pristine and clear in its intent. Though the lyrics were snide and bleak, they were a mad celebration of youth and rebellion. The music was actually quite melodic and uplifting, probably due to bassist Glen Matlock's love of the Beatles. The chorus of "No Future" was a glorious anti-national anthem, sung with exuberance and joy despite the fact that the message was a pessimistic one.Read more ›
You come away with a deeper understanding of the Sex Pistols after watching this DVD. There are insights given here that some fans may not have known about. People saw the band fall apart but this film shows HOW they fell apart and why. They were a band who came out of the dulldrams of British life during the 70's and rose to fame during the birth of punk but in the end of their career may have been exploited as controversial freaks and not a serious band. The band sensed it and broke up. Appropriately , the last song played at their final concert was called "No Fun".
You see the punk rock scene in 1970's England , you see the Bill Grundy interview that gave birth to the bands notorious reputation. And you get Jones' and Rotten's take on the Grundy interview as the clip played. You see the band singing "No Fun" at their last concert in San Francisco and expressing their feelings and insight toward their demise and their regrets through voice overs during the concert clip. You see the demise of Sid Vicious , the sad picture painted of him and Nancy Spurgen , and you see the chilling interview of Sid that showed the unstable state of mind he was in during his pending trial of Nancy's murder.Read more ›
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Whattya know- the Sex Pistols were human beings! Who knew? This film should be required viewing for every current and former mohawk-sporting knucklehead poser in the world. Read morePublished 1 month ago by reader
I'm pretty new to the Sex Pistols world so I learned a lot about them and the general state of things in England at that time. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Peter J. Gael
Very well edited look at the social context behind one of the greatest youth movements in British musical history as told through the eyes of one of the most infamous bands of all... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great information on the Sex Pistols from the band themselves.Published 8 months ago by michael vanatta
Exactly what we wanted to see for the Sex Pistols. Great flick for sure!Published 8 months ago by Rob_Hanna
If you are a fan of The Sex Pistols or Punk Rock in general, this documentary is a must watch! It's one of the most insightful looks you'll get into The Sex Pistols out there and... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Zencik
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 12 months 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 12 months ago by librich