Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Movies to watch: Control

Control is the first movie of legendary Dutch photographer Anton Corbijn. Corbijn is well known throughout the music industry for the sleeve photography he's done for Depeche Mode and U2 and his photos of artists like David Bowie, Björk and Herbert Grönemeyer. He also designed album covers for U2, Depeche Mode, Nick Cave, The Rolling Stones, Metallica, The Bee Gees and many more. Before directing 'Control', Anton Corbijn made music videos for Depeche Mode, Nirvana, Echo & the Bunnymen, The Killers and Johnny Cash among many others and he's also done concert movies for Depeche Mode. Corbijn has always been a fan of Joy Division and even claims that the band was the reason why he moved to England in 1979. In January 2005 Corbijn announced that he would direct 'Control', a movie based on the book 'Touching from a distance' by Deborah Curtis who's the widow of late Joy Division singer Ian Curtis. The movie premiered on 17 May 2007 in Cannes, one day before the 27th anniversary of Ian Curtis's death.

Actors include: hot Sam Riley as Ian Curtis, Samantha Morton who gave a great performance as Debbie Curtis, the very plain Alexandra Maria Lara who played Annik Honoré in a very boring way, Toby Kebbell as Rob Gretton the band manager, Craig Parkinson as Tony Wilson the owner of Factory Records, Joe Anderson as Joy Division's bassist Peter Hook, James Anthony Pearson as Bernard Sumner the guitarist and keyboardist of the band, Harry Treadaway as Stephen Morris the drummer and percussionist and Herbert Grönemeyer who played a doctor.

Story: The film follows the life of the troubled young musician Ian Curtis, who pioneered the post punk movement with his band Joy Division, which he headed from 1977 to 1980. It shows Ian's rocky marriage to Debbie Curtis whom he married at a very young age and his extramarital affairs with Annik Honoré, as well as his suffering from epilepsy and the increasingly frequent seizures which were thought to contribute to the circumstances leading to his suicide on the eve before Joy Division's first U.S. tour.

Why to watch: Joy Division is one of the most influential bands of the alternative music genre. Their sound has influenced bands like Bloc Party, Interpol and Editors as well as 80's contemporaries like The Cure or U2. Ian Curtis' suicide at the age of 23 is still a mystery everyone tries to, but nobody can really understand. The fashion shown in the movie is very inspiring - style and great appearance were also of importance to Ian Curtis. The movie is kept in black and white and seems like photography - Corbijn did a great job with the pictures. And last but not least for the girls: Sam Riley, the hot British actor who's been the face of Burberry's fall/winter 08 ad campaign (photos included on the bottom of this post).