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The Clash: Westway to the World (2000)

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This efficient, enjoyable documentary charts the rise and fall of the British punk group the Clash, widely considered one of the greatest bands of all time. Checking in at a brisk 107 minutes, Westway to the World follows a fairly traditional format, interspersing talking-head interviews with band members, live concert clips, still photos, and other assorted footage. Directed by Don Letts, a friend of the band, the movie limns a portrait of a band that took its music and politics seriously. Westway to the World recounts the group's swift rise, as it broke through the formal and commercial limitations of punk -- only to fall apart, Behind the Music-style, as it was reaching the peak of its worldwide popularity. Although not as virtuosic as its subject, Westway to the World nonetheless offers an informative and entertaining look at one of history's most important bands.
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NR
Genre:
Documentary , Drama , Musical & Performing Arts
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Cast

Paul Simonon
as Himself
Mick Jones
as Himself
Terry Chimes
as Himself
Joe Strummer
as Himself
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A fantastic biography on one helluva rock band. Scores of live clips, revealing interviews from then and now, and a historical document that features how the Clash began as a ratty little punk band to become one of the finest English rock groups of all time. Then the fall from grace. The regret evinced by the late Joe Strummer and drummer Topper Headon now is palpable and, ultimately, heart-breaking. What could have been... but what we have are great albums and one fantastic rock documentary.

Will Errickson
Will Errickson

too short, but it's about as close as we'll get to the Clash equivalent of the Filth & the Fury. Letts is no Temple either in terms of choosing good footage or working in wonders with montage, but at least the music is good and I learned a few things I hadn't known before, such as the unsatisfying experience recording Give em Enough Rope or about certain things with their influences

Jack Gattanella
Jack Gattanella

A fantastic biography on one helluva rock band. Scores of live clips, revealing interviews from then and now, and a historical document that features how the Clash began as a ratty little punk band to become one of the finest English rock groups of all time. Then the fall from grace. The regret evinced by the late Joe Strummer and drummer Topper Headon now is palpable and, ultimately, heart-breaking. What could have been... but what we have are great albums and one fantastic rock documentary.

Will E.
Will E.

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