The Filth and the Fury

Synopsis: Madonna’s directorial debut, Filth And Wisdom, is a hilariously sexy tale of three roommates who must delve into mischievous and naughty behavior in pursuit of bigger and brighter futures. A Ukrainian immigrant, A.K. (Eugene Hutz), finances his dreams of ‘trans-continental superstardom’ with his band, Gogol Bordello, by turning tricks as a role-playing cross dresser. As A.K. literally whips the privileged of London into shape, he also secretly pines for the object of his affection, Holly (Holly Weston), as aspiring ballerina looking for her big break while moonlighting as a slippery stripper. Meanwhile, Juliette (Vicky McClure) steals medicine from her pharmaceutical job in hopes of quenching her dreams of helping Africa’s youth. Filth And Wisdom is every bit as erotic and playful as it is poignant and touching, revealing the universal struggles we all face in our pursuits of happiness.

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A decent documentary on the Sex Pistols. It covers the core history of the band, in their heyday. It appears to be fairly comprehensive, although it relies on recent interview material instead of archival footage. It does have some video of the era, however, including television appearances and concert performances.

One very strange element to this film, is that the Sex Pistols are all interviewed in the dark, so that we only see their profiles. Was this an ironic statement by the band, or were they trying to maintain their image as youthful rebels for rebellious youth? Hard to say, but it was a notable choice and it was more amusing than disquieting.

It seemed balanced, overall, in that it didn’t just cover the late, lamented and lamentable Sid Vicious – quite unlike most Sex Pistols-related material (he was, after all, only a small part of the band, even if he was a large part of their iconic image). This film documents the band from its inception and gives each player their due.

All in all, it’s certainly worth watching for anyone who wants to get a sense of the history behind a seminal band that has influenced countless other artists. While the Ramones were the ones who really started it all, the Sex Pistols were the ones who dragged punk into the pop culture, kicking, screaming, spitting and flipping the bird.

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