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THE FILTH AND THE FURY (2000) ****

A funny, obnoxious, and entertaining documentary about the rise and fall of the Sex Pistols, the greatest British punk band ever. It pretty much covers everything except for their recent reunion tour. In the beginning, they were just four lads hanging out in a sex shop ran by their future manager Malcolm McClaren. Steve Jones, Paul Cook, and Glen Matlock formed the band. Johnny Rotten won the position of lead singer by singing Alice Cooper’s Eighteen in front of a jukebox. Before hitting the big time, Matlock quit and was replaced by Sid Vicious. The band gains notoriety by swearing on TV, warring with record companies, and singing “God Save the Queen” in the middle of the Thames river. Vintage concert footage of the band and outtakes of Sid and Nancy Spungen wasted are worth the price of admission. The present day interviews by the band are done with their faces hidden in shadows (a nice touch). Jones says McClaren was “full of shit” and Rotten cries while talking about Sid’s death. “What a fucking shame!” The best part is a scene from the never completed, Russ Meyer directed Sex Pistols movie, Who Killed Bambi? which features Sting (!) as a record exec who rapes Jones! One of the greatest music documentaries ever made, directed by Julien Temple, who also directed The Great Rock n’ Roll Swindle, also about the Sex Pistols.
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