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Control (2007)
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.
Samantha Morton Deborah Curtis
Sam Riley Ian Curtis
Alexandra Maria Lara Annik Honoré
Joe Anderson Peter Hook
Toby Kebbell Rob Gretton
Craig Parkinson Tony Wilson
James Anthony Pearson Bernard Sumner
Harry Treadaway Stephen Morris
Andrew Sheridan Terry Mason
Robert Shelly Twinny
Matthew McNulty Nick Jackson
Ben Naylor Martin Hannett
Herbert Grönemeyer Public GP
Nigel Harris Tramp
Nicola Harrison Corrine Lewis
Tim Plester Earnest Richards
Producer: Anton Corbijn,Todd Eckert,Orian Williams
Writer: Deborah Curtis,Matt Greenhalgh
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 1973.

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 performances.

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.

Storage device:DVD
Imdb rating: 8.0
Musician: Joy Division
Running time: 122 min
Subtitles: Svenska
Audio tracks: Dolby Digital 5.1 [English]
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