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24 Hour Party People

Steve Coogan , Lennie James , Michael Winterbottom    R (Restricted)   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
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Découverte du Festival de Cannes en 2002, 24 Hour Party People, réalisé par le Britannique Michael Winterbottom, est une fresque musicale dont la plus grande qualité est de ne jamais se prendre au sérieux.

Ce faux documentaire retrace l’épopée des courants punk, dance et techno, de la fin des années 70 au début des années 90, à Manchester, vue à travers les yeux de Tony Wilson, propriétaire de l’étiquette Factory Records et producteur auprès de groupes aussi mythiques que Joy Division. Il reflète avant tout l’état d’esprit d’une génération, perdue entre dandysme philosophique et anarchisme.

Michael Winterbottom mélange le numérique au 35 mm et intègre à son film des dessins, comme l’a déjà fait Monty Python, des archives de concert ou des infographies psychédéliques, s’amusant à faire exploser les conventions du faux documentaire grâce à une réalisation nerveuse et rythmée. Tout est drôle et irrévérencieux dans ce 24 Hour Party People qui explore avec finesse, mais non sans longueurs, les dédales d’un univers utopique qui rejetait l’argent, mais qui s’est perdu à cause de lui. Bref, c’est brouillon comme du punk, dynamique comme de la techno, terriblement politiquement incorrect (la scène où des pigeons sont assassinés sur “La Chevauchée des Walkyries” est un morceau d’anthologie) et, surtout, drôle comme un film anglais ! --Helen Faradji

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"Magnificent" (The New York Times), "amazing" (Los Angeles Times) and "a blast" (Rolling Stone), this true story of the raucous anti-establishment explosion that revolutionized the music industry is "miraculous one of the smartest, liveliest, most engaging and involving works you're likely to see this year" (Premiere)! Blown away by an unknown local band called the Sex Pistols, TV personality Tony Wilson (Steve Coogan) is inspired to invent a uniquely anarchic record label. Soon he's promoting everyone from New Order to Happy Mondays on his newly formed Factory Records and partying like a rock star. From Tony's speedy rise to Factory's hedonistic fall, this "wonderful party of a movie stamps on a smiley face that will stay with you for hours" (New York Post)!

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Um, it's a COMEDY Feb. 3 2004
Format:DVD
How can the same DVD inspire love and hate?
Easy.
If you feel a deep need for a historically accurate, dispassionately comprehensive survey of the Madchester scene, give up now. 24HPP will drive you nuts--the picture is murky, the sound is muddy, and the facts bend to the story whenever necessary.
If, on the other hand, you're looking to learn a little and laugh a lot, you might see 24HPP for what it is: a comedy.
From the get go, 24HPP is pulling your leg. The lead role is played by a comedian, and the screenwriter uses the opening lines of the film to poke fun at, well, the opening images of the film. The legendary moment when Shaun Ryder first meets Bez is epically ridiculous. Even the slapdash picture and sound quality are deliberate--they reinforce 1)the discombobulated nature of a scene bustling with innovators, charlatans, clever operators and pathetic incompetents, and 2) they echo Tony Wilson's comically distorted point of view as he jumps back and forth between being an enthusiastic, shrewd, enterprising champion of Madchester and a self-absorbed, arrogant, destructively impulsive buffoon.
24HPP populates Tony Wilson's rise and fall with a whole host of talented but bumbling characters, all contributing to the central joke of the film: when a scene like Madchester is really percolating, it's possible to be an utter genius and a complete moron at the same time. Funny stuff. Get this DVD.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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24 Hour Party People is a drama-comedy-documentary that displays the roots of the Manchester club, The Hacienda, which was the undisputed birthplace of rave. Tony Wilson (Steve Coogan) is a well educated TV personality who runs a small talk show that presents unknown bands and odd leisure activities. Tony is also a big enthusiast of progressive music as he attends small shows by the Six Pistols and other big time stars before their break through. This leads Steve to form a record company, Factory Records, with some friends that will help him promote unknown artists in the best interests of the artists and not the company. The owners of Factory Records build The Hacienda in order to further their stars' success, but the club also begins to form its own drug culture as the new music attracts a young audience. This culture is also known as rave. 24 Hour Party People is a witty take on how 20 years of music development in Manchester created a subculture that has been given large amounts of attention due to its link to drugs. Winterbottom directs a well written story that mesmerizes and entertains on all levels as it provides notions of large and small proportions that offer food for thought leaving the audience with an excellent cinematic event.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Aug. 13 2003
Format:DVD
I rented and then bought this movie because I am a Joy Division and early punk fan, but I ended up learning a lot about the Manchester rave scene.
Tony Wilson's commentary is a great thing to listen to, if only for his clarification of the film's myths. Steve Coogan is great as Tony Wilson, as is Sean Harris as Ian Curtis.
About the Happy Mondays section. Though there are plenty of myths they could have chosen from, most of the ones used in this movie are fictional. But they portray Bez and Shaun Ryder in a very funny way.
This movie is both extremely funny and depressing. If you're a music fan, it's good to own. I could watch it very many times.
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As Light Divides from Darkness, so Truth Divides from Sentimentality . . .

Assaulted, offended and bruised by indiscriminant sounds of misdirected rage and fabricated, self-loving brutality, I number my wounds and wonder who named such stentorian vacuity "music"? I also wonder if that which I termed "music" was as constitutionally vapid as that which now sits atop 'Top of the Pops'?

That most wonderful and heretofore unnamed period of music - - the one following Punk and just preceding Grunge - - is here documented with some terrific humour, some brilliant elliptical acting, and several uncanny casting choices including members of Joy Division and The Happy Mondays (who, we learn, are apparently disinclined to vegetarianism and strict gun control laws). Manchester, too, is here throughout the film, and played by herself. She looks as dirty and lovely as ever. That said, the real stars are Steve Coogan and the incredible "God's Honest Truth" storyline.

With my back turned to the set, 24 HOUR PARTY PEOPLE would still beat the trousers of most films made since 24's theatrical release. The film is a true delight in every possible way, and rarely am I truly delighted. Steve Coogan plays Granada TV's TONY WILSON; and Tony makes it quite impossible not to smile every moment he's on screen. Director, Michael Winterbottom, has created a super sonic experience for fans of the aforementioned sounds, or for those from The Stone Roses, New Order, 808 State, The Clash, Magazine, The Smiths . . . .

There was indeed a time when music demanded more than furrowed brows, skin, sweat and fantastic elastic morals.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining movie
I first saw this movie in high school and was wildly entertained. Recommended viewing for anyone casually interested in the "Madchester" scene of the 80s and early 90s. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Don Campbell
5.0 out of 5 stars Punk Rave and Dry Humor.... What a combo...
Great movie, lots-o-british humor, lots-o-british music history. Too much Happy Mondays, not enough about New Order but you get to see the birth of the rave scene which is very... Read more
Published on June 29 2004 by Sam
5.0 out of 5 stars Improves with Time
If you are a Joy Divion acolyte or something of that nature, you will not enjoy this film as much as if you are a devotee of Manchester's music scene in general. Read more
Published on April 4 2004 by ben lynch
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant!
This was an especially fun movie for me to watch. These were my favorite bands in 1980, and it is fun to see them relived. Read more
Published on March 18 2004 by J. Auner
2.0 out of 5 stars 24 hr Party people :|
Well i just got finished watching 24 hr party people/ I am a fan of new order and joy division and i thought since i liked them maybe i would like this movie or it would be half... Read more
Published on March 16 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, smart, and entertaining
24hr party people is simply an amazing movie about tony wilson and his exposure of punk rock to the people of manchester, Not only did this movie make me laugh, but it was also... Read more
Published on March 1 2004 by C. Kim
5.0 out of 5 stars An English Perspective
With the title of "24 Hour Party People" (A Happy Mondays song title) this film was always likely to be based on this band, and subsequently Factory Records. Read more
Published on Feb. 15 2004 by Andy Wood
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to Manchester -- the birthplace of rave culture.
BRILLIANT!Here we have an elegy that chronicles the glory days of the Manchester music scene. Manchester was to new wave what Seattle was to grunge. Read more
Published on Feb. 6 2004 by Celeste M. Harmer
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to Manchester -- the birthplace of rave culture.
BRILLIANT!Here we have an elegy that chronicles the glory days of the Manchester music scene. Manchester was to new wave what Seattle was to grunge. Read more
Published on Feb. 6 2004 by Celeste M. Harmer
4.0 out of 5 stars How real is real?
To call this movie a "docudrama" is probably giving too much credit to its factual accuracy. Read more
Published on Nov. 13 2003
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