So here we are, in the last and final of our tri-series on ‘The Greatest Concert Movies’ ever made. Just so you know, a concert movie is also known as a rockumentary or a concert film, and it basically features a single or a series of live concerts which have been recorded by one particular band, or a couple of bands, and sometimes even performances by standup comedians. In addition to these mandatory aspects that one finds in all rockumentary films, the portrayal of other aspects such as the band’s rise and triumph, or their tour details and journey details and interaction with fans and record labels may get covered as well. Just to rehash your memory, we have spoken about 4 classic concert movies of all times up till now. This includes The Last Waltz, Stop Making Sense, Live at the Hollywood Bowl and of course the much-famed Festival Express. Now let us move further and explore the last contenders in the list, not in any specific order of brilliance.
The Filth and the Fury
Released at the dawn of the new millennium, this controversially-named rockumentary movie was centered on the life and performances of the popular, rebellious punk rock band Sex Pistols. In fact, there was a less dramatic and low profile prequel to ‘The Filth and the Fury’ that even many die-hard punk fans are not aware of, and it was known as ‘The Great Rock and Roll Swindle’. While the first part was more of a version that was derived from the band manager’s viewpoints (and hence did not receive much applauding), the latter and more successful Filth and Fury was the live account of each of the band members, retold by director Julien Temple. For those who are not aware, the Sexy Pistol Band if of English origin, and dates all the way back to 1975.
The Story of Anvil
No list of best rockumentary films, can ever be complete without the mention of ‘The Story of Anvil’. From its chartbusting numbers, to the brilliant manner in which the trials and tribulations of the band across their first Euro Tour was depicted, this went on to win the hearts of the audience in a truly classic manner. One can even go to the extent of saying, that the Story of Anvil has set benchmarks in the zone of concert movies, and so far no other same genre documentary has ever matched up to its brilliance.