A profile of Ian Curtis, the enigmatic singer of Joy Division whose personal, professional, and romantic troubles led him to commit suicide at the age of 23.
stunning piece of work.......
Anton Corbin has created a film that perfectly showcases both the music
of Joy Division and the short but fruitful life of Ian Curtis. The
choice to film in black and white was the right one. It sets the tone
perfectly for Ian Curtis' gray and lifeless hometown of Macclesfield in
Corbin as a first time director excels utilizing his visual and
technical skills from his previous life as a music video director.
Thankfully Control is not just a beautiful looking movie but a
perfectly pitched study of the rise and tragic fall of the tortured Ian
Curtis. The intensity of the live music performances in the film are as
visceral as those of the real band. It is a credit to the actors that
they played everything live on screen, it serves to create memorable
Sam Riley delivers a towering performance as Curtis. The first time
actor is a name to watch. He is surrounded by a great cast but the film
is carried on Riley's shoulders.His inner turmoil is conveyed with
great humanity and realism. The audience was still and quiet for quite
some time after the credits rolled at the screening I attended.
There are some very clever and touching uses of the music in the film.
Corbin uses the intensity of Curtis' lyrics to help paint a
biographical picture of the man. The use of 'Love will tear us apart'
in the movie was particularly inspired giving the context of the scene
it was played in. I hope you will go see this powerful and moving film
to see what I am talking about.