Depeche Mode - The Dark Progression Unauthorized (2009)





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Documentary on music done by Depeche Mode from the "Composition of Sound" period to Songs of Faith and Devotion. This is unauthorized - I'm not sure why, since there wasn't any information, footage, or photos in it that aren't public knowledge. In fact, that's pretty much what this is--a narrative about the band's music compiled with photos and footage culled from other sources, combined with interviews of some of the producers, sound people, and a biographer. It would have been nice to see some fresh interviews with the band members themselves, especially since the film focuses on the creative output of the band. While we get some brief mentions of Alan's sound sampling experiments or Martin's apparently writing lyrics while being possessed by some sort of a "spirit" (yes, I REALLY would love to hear more elaboration on this sort of thing!), there's no discussion of how Dave interprets said spirit-writings vocally or even of what Fletch's contribution may be. (Please spare the punchlines, fellow fans. We've all heard them.) Thankfully, the doc never strays into bubbly fandom of the "What's Dave's favorite color, tee hee?" sort, nor does it delve into tabloid territory (Heroin! BDSM injuries! Breakdowns! Martin's hidden lineage! And more heroin!) Although either of those directions would be far too easy to take with this band. So while this might not hold the attention of the Moder who just wants footage of her favorite band member looking cute, I'd recommend it for anyone interested in the history/evolvement of electronic music, the making of electronic music, or how such music was received in both Europe and America.

Jenny Gonzalez-Blitz
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