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Joy Division (2007)

A chronological account of the influential late 1970s English rock band.

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Credited cast:
Richard Boon ...
Himself
...
Himself
Kevin Cummins ...
Himself
Ian Curtis ...
Himself (archive footage)
Bob Dickinson ...
Himself
Lesley Gilbert ...
Herself
Iain Gray ...
Himself
Rob Gretton ...
Himself (archive footage)
Martin Hannett ...
Himself (archive footage)
Alan Hempsall ...
Himself - Crispy Ambulance Singer
Annik Honoré ...
Herself
Peter Hook ...
Himself
Joy Division ...
Themselves (archive footage)
Richard H. Kirk ...
Himself - Cabaret Voltaire
Terry Mason ...
Himself - Manager and Roadie
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A chronological account of the influential late 1970s English rock band.

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Their own story in their own words.

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She's Lost Control
Performed by Joy Division
Licensed courtesy of ITN Source/Granada
Written by Ian Curtis (as Curtis) / Peter Hook (as Hook) / Bernard Sumner (as Sumner) / Stephen Morris (as Morris)
Published by Universal Music Publishing Ltd
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great sense of time and place
18 October 2015 | by See all my reviews

In June 4, 1976 at a Sex Pistols show in Manchester, Bernard Sumner and Peter Hook decide to form a group. Ian Curtis joins the band and drummer Stephen Morris answers their ad. They named their punk band Joy Division from its Nazi origins. Local TV personality Tony Wilson champions the group and DJ Rob Gretton starts managing the band.

The great thing about this documentary is the sense of time and place and the rundown depressing industrial city of Manchester. It has the cooperation of all the main people. It takes the band's progression chronologically. For fans of the band, this is a joy to relive the times. It's mostly about the music. Ian's wife Deborah gives some text inserts. She's the main missing part. She could have provided more personal insights into Ian's psyche. This one sees his struggles more from the outside and through his music. The bandmates are mostly clueless or maybe they're just willfully ignorant. It's compelling how they deal with the shock of it all.


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