I was also struck, again, by the beautiful brief footage of a Joy Division video (for "Atmosphere") that appears after Ian Curtis's death in the film. So I went down to the cottage today and dug out all my old Joy Division albums (vinyl, 33 LPs and 45 EPs) and played them. I used to buy them at a record store in Georgetown, can't recall now which one -- Orpheus, maybe? (The name would certainly be appropriate.) They were expensive, because they were all imports; but they were also the most beautiful albums I had ever seen. Peter Saville's design, black-and-white or grey, images or photos, though the EP for "She's Lost Control"/"Atmosphere" was a pale, filtered color photo of leafless trees; plain gray boards for the live double album STILL. It remains the most exquisite, perfect pairing of art to sound that I can think of, that spare design and the music inside. I still can't listen to "Atmosphere" without feeling near tears — it's like a flip side to Nick Drake's "Northern Sky." A little while ago I went online to find the "Atmosphere" video in its entirety:
And when I researched the director, Anton Corbijn, I learned that he's director of the Ian Curtis biopic CONTROL which will be out late this year. I've read some great advance reviews of CONTROL but somehow never sussed that Corbijn was the same guy who did the video (which dates from the late 80s).
Anyway, a lovely, haunting piece of work that bodes well for the film.
— posted by Liz Hand