Pianos Is In Control

by guestofaguest · June 11, 2008

Ian Curtis Joy Division Control[Image via The Guardian]

Back in October, on opening night of Anton Corbijn's first feature film Control, herds of Joy Division diehards flocked to the Film Forum. Like many New Yorkers who were turned away from the sold out show that night, I didn’t get a chance to see Control in the theatre. Thus, when I heard about Pianos free screening of the film last night I knew it was an event that I couldn’t miss.

With a couple of drinks and a veggie burger in hand, we headed into Pianos showroom for a real treat. The film, shot entirely in black and white, featured a captivating performance from lead actor Sam Riley as the troubled Ian Curtis. Based on the memoir by Curtis’s wife, Deborah Curtis, “Touching From a Distance”, Corbijn’s biopic of Ian Curtis’s short life exposes the tangled roots of Joy Division’s infectious music. Joy Division fan or not, Corbijn's intimate and eerie portrayal of Ian Curtis will leave you mesmerized and wanting more.

Written by Rebecca Eichenbaum