January 14th, 2013: The Filth and the Fury

The Filth and the Fury

What It’s About:  Director Julien Temple’s first feature film was The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle, a notoriously random and incoherent “documentary” made up of a collection of clips, skits, videos, documentary footage, TV appearances, and left over bits from the failed Russ Meyer/Sex Pistols collaboration Who Killed Bambi?, which tells the story of the Sex Pistols rise and fall-from the viewpoint of their manager, Malcolm McLaren.  Almost a penance, The Filth and the Fury was Temple’s follow-up made twenty years later, which explores not only the history of the band (from the band members point of view) but also the environment from which they sprang, briefly conquered, and then spectacularly crashed.

Why Watch it Today?: The Sex Pistols disastrous American tour climaxed 35 years ago tonight, with their infamous final show at Winterland, San Francisco.

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