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Sid and Nancy * Alex Cox (1986)

Sid and NancyThis oldie had been on my wishlist for a long time, but every time I was at the rental I did not think of it. It could well be the first ‘music film’ and of course tells the story of Sid Vicious, bass player of the Sex Pistols, and his girlfriend. What you get it a rather depressing film about two junkies. The first half of the film is about the time of the rise of the Sex Pistols, in the second part Vicious tries to use his fame to continue by himself, but he just slides away in the mud further and further. There is not all that much music, the punk scene is portrayed as formed by outright idiots (but the audience in the USA is even funnier) and mostly the film follows Sid and Nancy (of course). I am unsure if the film is supposed to be realistic or ironic, especially in scenes where little kids each hit and kick cars so that a magnifying glass is put on the period, but overall the film and the characters seem pretty much over the top to me. Maybe it would have been more interesting to see a film about Johnny Rotten or more about the band than just two destructive characters around it. “Sid and Nancy” is not a bad or boring film, but I probably expected a bit more of it.

Revengers Tragedy * Alex Cox (2002)

This wonderfull film seems to be somehow connected with the also wonderfull film “24 Hour Party People”. Frank Boyce also wrote the screenplay here and Christopher Eccleston plays a part in both films. For the rest, “Revengers Tragedy” mostly reminds of “Romeo + Juliet” (1996 Baz Luhrman). It is based on the play “Revengers Tragedy” by Thomas Middleton (c.1580-1627). Just as “Romeo + Juliet” this film uses old English text, but a very modern setting (the youth looks like Keith of Prodigy) and everything is really overdramatic. “Revengers Tragedy” became a lush and eye- and earcaressing film with magnificent stages, great acting and a wonderfull mix between old and new elements. Not entirely as good as “Romeo + Juliet”, but “Revengers Tragedy” comes rather close and is definately recommendable. -11/7/06-