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September 09, 2007



I had the fortunate opportunity to see the US Premiere last night of Grant Gee's "Joy Division" here in SF. Only 2 showings, at a capacity of 92 seats in the screening room, at the Yerba Buena Center for Arts.

Truly amazing. Having been a Joy Division fan since I discovered them in 1990, this was definitely the best introspective that I have seen yet. I haven't seen Control yet, but I think this feature (from what I can tell) hits the nail on the head much better.


I discovered Joy Division at age 15 in 1987 living in Calfornia.

I got all of the books that were out at the time, baught loads of botlegs (when that actually required some serious work, before the internet) and thought I knew everything about this band.

I didn't, not even close. This doc is so amazingly good - not only does it provide imformation you don't get anywhere else (for example, Curtis had tried suicide prior to being successful) but it is so well done....

The thing I disliked about Control is that it seemed to show Curtis as a one dimensional asshole. Here we see him as a complete and contradictory (and ultimately sympathetic and empathetic) character he appears to have been.

The music and visual aspects of this film are fantastic..The historical footage is unbelievable...See it.

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