The Filth and the Fury (2000)
Although their career lasted a bit less than two years, few rock bands have made a more dramatic impact than the Sex Pistols, who quickly rose to international infamy as the best-known British punk band, then fell apart shortly after their first American tour in a tempest of drugs, ego, and infighting. Manager Malcolm McLaren began making a film about the group while they were at the height of their fame, but by the time McLaren and director Julien Temple completed The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle, the group's best-known member, bassist Sid Vicious, was dead, and the remaining Pistols -- vocalist Johnny Rotten (aka John Lydon), guitarist Steve Jones, drummer Paul Cook, and original bassist Glen Matlock were in litigation against McLaren and refused to participate. In 1998, Temple began working with the group's surviving members (who reunited for a brief tour in 1996) for this definitive documentary of the Pistols' career, which combines new interviews with footage of legendary live performances (such as their infamous Jubilee Day show on a ship sailing past the Houses of Parliament), as well as newsreels of the chaos that followed in their wake, including the TV appearance that changed them overnight from a little-known cult band to national pariahs. … More
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Critic Reviews for The Filth and the Fury
"The Filth and the Fury" is the first punk rock documentary to lay out, in an editorial style, a thorough linear account of the last major musical movement of the twentieth century by way of that genre's fiercest example.
A stylish, and engrossing look at the brief punk error.
Unlike most rock documentaries that rely on abundant concert imagery and studio outtakes, Filth is less concerned with the music than the setting that produced it.
A dazzling and challenging film, fully seizing the opportunity to make a documentary film burst with vitality.
One can pay it no greater compliment than to say that it is worthy of its subject.
Temple's visually inventive collage of newsreel footage, television commercials, weather reports and similar 'found art' fits neatly into the Sex Pistols saga.
Audience Reviews for The Filth and the Fury
A flashy collage about the rise and fall of the sex pistols, the band that epitomized and nearly destroyed punk rock. Told in their own angry and uncompromising words.More
Julien Temple is a great music documentarian. This is one of my favourite documentaries but I guess you have to like the pistols to really get into it!More
Ha ha! Another band movie so another poor rating from me? Not this time. Julien Temple does a very good job here of bringing the Sex Pistols to life. A burning bright light that blinded for such a short period of time but had a profound impact on the future.More
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