I FUCKING LOVE COLOURING
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
so so sooooo good.
I was pissed.
No grade because I didn't finish this film and I do not intend to finish it. Seems like there just wasn't much access to the band and what concert footage I saw was pretty lacklusterly filmed and sound recorded.
mi gran reparo: que hayan partido en dos (e incompleta) 'common people', claramente el momento más estremecedor del último concierto en sheffield.
Lo cierto es que este documental, enmarcado alrededor del concierto de despedida en 2012 en su ciudad de origen, Sheffield, se queda en demasía en lo anecdótico. Es más, no es un documental de la banda en sí, sino mas bien la relación entre Pulp y Sheffield. Vemos a familiares, a fans de toda la vida, a gente de la ciudad inspirada en ellos, coros que versionean el omnipresente Common People, el equipo de futbol femenino patrocinado por la banda..., pero lo que es Pulp, mas bien poco. Jarvis conduciendo, Jarvis cambiando una rueda, Jarvis dando de comer a los patos...
Pero, vamos, Pulp es una de mis bandas favoritas de toda la vida y cada pocos minutos suena una canción de ellos o una versión con mas o menos gracia, lo que significa que, aunque estuvieran hablando entre canción y canción del apareamiento de la chinchilla domestica, yo estaría enganchado.
Con finura en su edición, logra un documental emotivo, rockero, humano, sin caer en sentimentalismos. Es memorable
"There isn’t much modern concert footage. Instead, the most interesting segments are personal “streeters” with hardcore fans waiting outside the concert hall and locals fondly reminiscing of how they knew Cocker and others from the group. In the film’s most emotionally resonant scene, a tableau of senior citizens singing “Help the Aged” in a cafeteria showcases how Pulp’s music meant so much to so many people. These snapshots of city life are actually more thrilling than the vibrant live segments."
Read the full review: thetfs.ca/2015/05/22/review-pulp-film-life-death-supermarkets/
Whilst not really that eye opening a concert film or particularly saying much about the band, indie music or even the band's place in its history, this was an at times wonderful and very heartfelt paean to the people of Sheffield. Now I must confess I lived in Sheffield for ten years and have a genuine love of the city and its people. So this film was an easy sell to me. It captured everything I live about the place and was filmed in many areas I know well. That said it did reflect a bit too much on the Shitty Sheffield and not a lot on the modern city its rapidly becoming. The filmmakers had a singular image they…
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