Monday, July 16, 2007

Happy Birthday, Ian Curtis

It’s Ian Curtis birthday today. He would have turned 51 years old, but as we all know, Ian Curtis was not destined to become a middle-aged man. His will allowed him to only to live to the age of 23, while some would argue that his words rivaled those of a man twice his age.
2007 may be the year, nearly thirty years after his suicide, in which Ian’s iconic stature reaches epic proportion. Photographer Anton Corbijn recently completed Control, the film based on Deborah Curtis’ book Touching From A Distance. I will confess to not being a big fan of Ms. Curtis’ biography of Ian and was therefore a little concerned when I learned a movie would be made from it. At the same time, Control won three awards at the Cannes Film Festival this year, so it may be that Mr. Corbijn has indeed created a definitive celluloid statement about Ian Curtis.

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