Sex Pistols The Great Rock N Roll Swindle
Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Theatrical release poster. The New York Times. Retrieved 4 March London, England: Aurum Press Ltd. Retrieved 11 February And maybe without "Swindle InjunNose 12 Kadenza Lets Do It As far back as the spring ofMalcolm McLaren had been trying to get a film about the Sex Pistols off the ground.
At that time, the punk craze which the Pistols had spearheaded was flourishing in the UK even as McLaren 'managed' the band into a blind alley; bywhen this abomination of a film was finally released, the Pistols were no more and punk had splintered into a confusing variety of subgenres. Sadly, not much. The end result was a long, disjointed rant padded with live footage, interviews, animated sequences and painfully unfunny scenes intended as comic relief Non Phixion The Future Is Now how causing the Pistols to self-destruct had been his master plan all along, and it's terrible.
Only during a performance of the title song does it look as if anyone's having any fun. McLaren repeatedly insists that the music itself was meaningless, that he was interested only in attracting adolescent fans 'who loved to dress up and mess up.
That query will elicit a broad range of responses from the various participants in the movement. But ask guitarist Steve Jones and drummer Paul Cook who had formed the group before McLaren entered the picture, and for whom the Sex Pistols were a labor of love and they'll tell you that the Pistols were a rock 'n' roll band, plain and simple.
They're right. The gestures--the haircuts, the silly clothes, the pretensions of revolution--were empty. It's the music that endures. This is basically just an attempt by Talcy Malc to claim all of the credit for the Sex Pistols. As a movie it barely hangs together. It does give a chance to see some otherwise unavailable concert footage. The bits of "Who Killed Bambi?
I believe that in addition to being scripted by Roger Ebert the direction is by sleaze-king Russ Meyer I may be wrong there. Victor 27 September One of the best movies in my collection, and it is a big collection.
The actors are bad, but they are punk-rockers. In most parts it is even better than the standard Hollywood-stuff with ridiculous actors like Jean-Claude van Damme or Robin Williams.
It is really a good buy, if you are interested in the music of The Sex-Pistols. If you are not interested in the music, Sex Pistols The Great Rock N Roll Swindle also should buy this film, because you will make an experience. It's basically McLaren literally flogging a dead horse and milking the Pistols for all he could. And acting like he came out on top, shining. Blah blah blah. But who cares. And that's all that counts. At the risk of making you spend more money, I suggest that before you watch this movie, you should read John Lydon's autobiography, 'Rotten'.
It gives Buzzcocks Singles Going Steady good account of that era and once you have read a bit into the history behind the film, it will mean a whole lot more.
That doesn't mean to say that it ceases to be weird. The opening sequences are just about the strangest twenty minutes of film that I have ever seen. There are moments of brilliance though. Particularly Sid Vicious shoving a cake in some french prostitute's face is one of the funniest things I've seen in a long time.
I generally think that Sid Vicious was an idiot well, he was but in this film, he comes across as an almost Glenn Underground CVO Trance, possibly insane character. The film seems to have a storyline of sorts but it all becomes confused in a muddle of history, punk rock and random sex. Malcolm McLaren comes across as a self-centred egomaniac as usual and Steve Jones is interesting as the detective on his trail.
The trip to Rio seems to confirm Lydon's doubts about the whole thing. It was just a gimmick and what IS the point in glorifying the deeds of a man who helped to steal what was basically working class money? The song was crap anyway. This is a bizarre film so approach with an open mind or you will switch off very quickly as I did first time round. Some reviewers have criticized this movie for not Sex Pistols The Great Rock N Roll Swindle a truthful record of the life and times of the Sex Pistols.
They are missing the point. This is Malcolm McLaren's fictionalized version of events. Right from the start, McLaren makes it obvious that this is not "real". Malcolm knows that you, the audience, are smarter than the media including this film. You, the audience, know what situationism means. You, the audience, know this IS a swindle.
Is this a good film? Is it worth watching? Their talents and flaws are revealed for all to see. Sid wearing a swastika? Truly disgusting but watch him swagger along the streets Dave Van Ronk Dave Van Ronk Sings Paris and compare him with other so-called rock stars.
Was he a stupid thug? Probably but this is someone who bowed down before ABBA in an airport - he wasn't all bad! Steve and Paul playing on a beach in Brazil with a convicted robber and an actor pretending to be a Nazi?
Cringe worthy but listen to this pair play the intro to "Pretty Vacant" and you are listening to rock Ray Barretto La Cuna. Glen Matlock airbrushed out of the picture completely? It's like telling the story of the Rolling Stones without mentioning Brian Jones but watch the cartoon at the end Sex Pistols The Great Rock N Roll Swindle see who Johnny kicks off the boat.
As for Johnny Rotten, that laser beam stare and sneer says "I am not a puppet and never will be. If you want a swindle "and we don't care"watch this. KamikazeBaby 5 August Energetic Happy Hypnotic. Romantic Sad Sentimental. Sexy Trippy All Moods. Drinking Hanging Out In Love. Introspection Late Night Partying. Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip. Romantic Evening Sex All Themes. Features Interviews Lists. Streams Videos All Posts. Track Listing. The God Save the Queen Symphony.
Tadpole kiosk attendant as Tenpole Tudor Faye Hart Edit Storyline A rather incoherent post-breakup Sex Pistols "documentary", told from John Cage Dieter Schnebel Atlas Eclipticalis Winter Music Cartridge Music Glossolalie point of view of Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren, whose arguable position is that the Sex Pistols in particular and punk rock in general were an elaborate scam perpetrated by him in order to make "a million pounds.
Taglines: The film that incriminates its audience. Genres: Music. Edit Details Country: UK. Language: English. Screamin Jay Hawkins The Fuzztones Live Mix: Mono.
Color: Color. Edit Did You Know? Trivia Marianne Faithfull was to play Sid Vicious ' mother in the original draft of the film, but backed out at the idea of a sex scene.
He fires eight shots, which is more bullets than a revolver can hold. Quotes Girl with ants on face : The Sex Pistols - a walking abortion. The Sex Pistols are nothing but a bunch of irresponsible half-dead lumps. But the best are born. The Crook : Jimmy Riley Give Thanks Praise Feeling Is Believing was only in it for the Casey Tucker Untitled after the show.
Girl with ants on face : You, Steve Jones, are nothing but a walking dildo doing a good plumbing job. You'd swim through a river of snot, wade nostril deep through a mile of vomit, as long as you thought there was a sexy cunt at the end of it - and those cunts!
Daddy's girl! Daddy's girls are in awe of Sex Pistols The Great Rock N Roll Swindle Sex Pistols! They really believe Add the first question. Was this review helpful to you? Sex Pistols The Great Rock N Roll Swindle No Report this. Edit page.
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