This is a list of every rock music documentary that I have come across. I also threw in some other…
Pulp: a Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets
Pulp found fame on the world stage in the 1990s with anthems including ‘Common People’ and ‘Disco 2000’. 25 years (and 10 million album sales) later, they return to Sheffield for their last UK concert. Giving a career-best performance exclusive to the film, the band members share their thoughts on fame, love, mortality — & car maintenance. Director Florian Habicht (Love Story) weaves together the band’s personal offerings with dream-like specially-staged tableaux featuring ordinary people recruited on the streets of Sheffield. Pulp is a music film like no other — by turns funny, moving, life-affirming & (occasionally) bewildering.
I am a bespectacled, gangly, floppy-haired Northern English working-class geek with a dirty mind who was thirteen years old in 1996. For all of these reasons, it may be hard for me to objectively assess a film about Pulp, whose lead singer Jarvis Cocker remains one of my idols. Part of the wonder of Cocker is his simultaneous awareness of every pop and rock cliche and his determination to subvert them, which may explain why this film is not an ordinary rock documentary. It is not a retrospective on the band's history, it is not a concert film, and at no point do either Bono or Sting appear talking about how they've always been fans of the music of [INSERT…
This is a fantastically unconventional portrait of one of Britpop's most unconventional groups. Instead of delivering the traditional music biopic formula, this movie paints a picture of the band through brief chats with the members recalling their feelings on their past and mostly through their hometown of Sheffield as Pulp prepares for one final concert. A wonderful film and a tribute to great band.
Reminded me a little of LCD Soundsystem’s farewell film Shut Up and Play the Hits, but where that overdosed on concert footage at the expense of a more revealing peek behind the curtain, this finds a better balance and with it a lot more charm.
Both films focus on the shy but exuberant performer at the centre of their respective bands, as they examine their careers and the act of ending a great thing. Habicht’s superpower is his ability to find, and put at ease, the common people of Sheffield (and beyond) that Cocker sings about — they populate this film from start to finish, touching and hilarious vignettes that never cross into parody, nor outstay their welcome. From a director who had never shot a concert prior to this, his ability to combine the two is uncommonly good.
Common people are glorious people. This is the message of the wonderfully eccentric Pulp film. Part documentary, part concert film, all wonderful working class madness it is a love letter to the band and to the humble town of Sheffield. The people who live in the town are the real stars of the film, living their common lives, being the common people that Jarvis and his band sing so eloquently about.
And the band are still so common - a phrase which is said with so much love and warmth. Even leading man Jarvis Cocker, who seems like he would be mad with fame, is down to earth and real. His journey…
(Oops, I entered the wrong Pulp.)
Is Pulp a well structured documentary? No, not really. Basically, the director went out onto the streets of Sheffield and interviewed a bunch of random people, then cobbled this together with interviews of the band and footage from their final concert; but would you believe it, the result is a very modest yet completely heartwarming rock-doc.
Unlike 20.000 Days on Earth, which is all about Nick Cave, Pulp is not so much about the band Pulp, but about their place in the hearts of "the common people". The film is not so much concerned with their influence on music history, but rather, it wants to know why the everyday street vendor or librarian likes their music so much.
I think Pulp must be the nicest and most unassuming band on the planet, and I am ashamed to say I am not very familiar with their music. Something I plan to remedy soon!
19 years old , screaming " i wanna live like common people " after "i wanna be adored" at the local greek club called decadence
almost 20 years later decadence is gone, friends from that time vanished making families, screwing their life becoming what they "wanted"
still screaming "i wanna live like common people"
fuck me pulp IS the greatest band of all time... sorry
As someone who lived in Sheffield for eight years and loves Pulp, I was always going to be a little bit in love with this. I'd say that it hit quite close to home, primarily because one of the establishing shots appeared to be taken from behind my old flat.
While I was not a huge fan of the band and not very familiar with their catalog but I liked some of their tracks, so I decided to check this film out while working (so I was not at my most attentive.)
Overall, I liked the documentary's approach of focusing on Sheffield (the town where the band was born) and the final show that completed the tour that brought closure to Pulp, rather than some money grab.
Pulp come across quite normal (or you know, like common people) in the film. I enjoyed that the guitarist suggested that Jarvis Cocker was maybe not as common as the rest of the members. Which may in fact be true, but also lends…
Pulp es una gran banda cuyas letras capturan, en esencia, la experiencia de crecer en una pequeña ciudad. Su documental no solo funge como un tributo a extraordinarias canciones como "Ordinary People", "Disco 2000" o "Do You Remember The First Time?" sino a la gente de Sheffield (su lugar de origen y donde están dando un último concierto).
"Pulp: A Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets" es un entretenido y conmovedor retrato. Sin duda, es una película imperdible para fans del grupo ya que siente como una carta de amor para ellos.
Of course I love this film about my favorite band! Pulp is totally one of a kind and this documentary captures that and is unique in its own right.
I would LOVE a Pulp soccer shirt.
Despite not knowing anything about the band or their music I really enjoyed this. It gives you an overview of their philosophy and I actually thought some of their lyrics were pretty great.
Pulp are awesome, don't you think?
"Pulp: A Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets" é um documentário que mostra os bastidores do último show realizado pela banda em Sheffield, em 2012, cidade natal de alguns dos integrantes. O evento marcou a última turnê do Pulp apesar de, em 2013, terem lançado o single After You.
O Pulp é dessas bandas que dá vontade de subir no sofá e cantar junto. Jarvis Cocker, o vocalista, é uma mistura de Fito Paez com Ian Curtis com uma presença incrível de palco. Nas palavras de um amigo, eles têm uma dose de new wave, uma dose art-rock, uma dose de glam e muita energia.
O documentário, por sua vez, não poderia ser menos divertido.
Me gusta Pulp, no soy un fan de su música. En su momento conocí un par de rolas, cuando se reunieron, fui a verlos. Solo eso.
La mayoría de mis amigos gustan mucho (algunos exageradamente) de su música, lo que me hizo darles un lugar más privilegiado en mis gustos musicales.
El filme me era casi obligado, mis expectativas no eran altas, pero esperaba algo de calidad, sin embargo salí gratamente sorprendido del manejo que se le da al último concierto de la banda en su tierra natal, plasma momentos muy íntimos y conmovedores no solo de los integrantes de la banda si no de varios fans que acudirán al concierto.
Este film presenta de manera muy elocuente lo que nos pasa siempre con la música: llevarnos a un momento y lugar determinado de nuestras vidas, esas vidas que quizá ya no son lo que eran, pero que perduran en nostálgicas melodías.
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Pulp: Una película sobre la vida, la muerte y los supermercados es una película de Florian Habicht sobre Pulp, sobre la vida, casi nada sobre la muerte y no se ve ningún supermercado. De una manera muy formal, el título hace alusión a las canciones de la banda inglesa y su combinación temática tan curiosa. Pero más allá de esta formalidad, el título es en realidad una pequeña cápsula de todo lo que alguna vez significó este grupo de Sheffield: es irreverencia, es lo absurdo, es lo chusco, es lo melancólico y, finalmente, lo inexplicable. Son las asociaciones más curiosas del mundo en una singular expresión artística.
Pulp es de las bandas más famosas de…
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List of feature length films at Melbourne International Film Festival 2014.
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