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Joy Division (2007)

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Release Date: Sep 7, 2007 Wide

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Filmmaker Grant Gee speaks with now-deceased Factory Records founder Tony Wilson; legendary producer Martin Hannett; surviving Joy Division band members Bernard Sumner, Stephen Morris, and Peter Hook; and the late Ian Curtis's Belgian lover Annik Honoré in order to offer a vivid snapshot of the fleeting moment in time when Manchester's Joy Division changed the face of modern music. Born in the bleak landscape of industrialized Manchester -- a city that once thrived as a center of 19th century

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Musical & Performing Arts, Documentary

Jun 17, 2008

The Weinstein Company

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Energetic tell-all pic about the beginnings in 1976 of the legendary post-punk rock band from the grimy factory city of Manchester.

February 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A revealing portrait of a ground-breaking band.

May 2, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

There will surely come a point when the mythology around Salford's most famous rock group will run dry, but it hasn't yet: this superbly made documentary by Grant Gee deserves to sit on DVD shelves everywhere as a companion piece to Control.

May 2, 2008 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

This doco, following the release of Control, the dramatised biopic of Joy Division lead singer Ian Curtis, is a thorough and engaging work that unravels the story of Joy Division in chronological order.

January 24, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

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One of the best and honest accounts of one of the most influential rock bands you're ever likely to see. Glad to see a documentary about Joy Division that focuses on the band themselves. Really really worth the watch!
August 18, 2010
SarahG1988

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Less accessible to newcomers to Joy Division than the estimable 'Control' but a treasure for fans with copious extras.
September 1, 2008
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Gordon A

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A remarkably well made documentary about the band Joy Division, the city of Manchester and the music scene the sprung from there in the late 70's and which continues to be a vital source of talent and influence in the music industry today.

While I enjoyed this film immensely...I can't say that it is for everyone.

But if you have any interest in the bands Warsaw, Joy Division or New Order...or if you are a fan of the British music scene in general, you will no doubt find this a wonderful retrospective of not just an amazing band...but of an incredibly interesting and complex city as well.
July 8, 2008
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Robert C

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Interesting documentary, even for a non-Joy Division fan like me. I liked how it was shot - the combination of past and present, and also how you got multiple different perspectives on the Ian Curtis story.
May 25, 2008
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